Kemin Industries, a global ingredient manufacturer, has broken ground on a new manufacturing site.
The facility in Verona, Mo, will produce clean-label ingredients for food products. Kemin supplies over 500 ingredients for food and nutrition products, pet food, nutraceuticals, food technology, textiles, biofuels and more.
The new facility, scheduled to open in March 2023, will be a state-of-the-art production plant for the company to manufacture its Proteus portfolio of patented, clean-label protein ingredients for meat, poultry and protein-based applications. Kemin acquired Proteus Industries in April of this year. The line of functional protein provides improved texture, longer holding times, allergen and sodium-free fillers to private label and branded meat products.
“With its technologically advanced, sustainable and clean-label attributes, our Proteus line is in high demand with food processors that provide meat, poultry and protein-based products to consumers," said Dr. Chris Nelson, president and CEO of Kemin Industries. "The Proteus products help to improve yield, nutrition and quality of functional foods, and with this new facility, we'll be able to serve and expand our customers in the food technologies space."
The new 38,000-square-foot production plant is a $40 million investment and will employ more than 30 full-time workers in the Verona community. The site will have an initial capacity to create applications for more than 100 billion pounds of meat, poultry and protein-based ingredients.
"Southwest Missouri has served as an excellent place for Kemin's production capabilities and will continue to be a great community to expand our manufacturing opportunities," said Dr. Nelson. "We believe that Verona and the surrounding areas provide a talented and dedicated workforce ideal to grow our global footprint and transform the quality of life."