The move will bring its total capacity to 70 mt per annum, making FrieslandCampina Ingredients the largest lactoferrin producer in the world.
Herman Ermens, president of FrieslandCampina Ingredients, said, “Lactoferrin is a key ingredient in early life nutrition and has also shown potential health benefits for adults related to the immune system 1-9. Global demand for lactoferrin almost doubled between 2014 and 2019.
By significantly expanding our production capacity, we can meet the needs of our customers. In addition, this investment exemplifies our strategy of growth through valued-added ingredients. Thanks to our technological leadership and unique experience, we’re perfectly placed to offer lactoferrin of the highest quality that complies with the strictest global regulatory requirements.”
FrieslandCampina Ingredients said its lactoferrin is 96% pure and is directly extracted from raw milk in its production location in Veghel. The product is spray dried.
The plant will use 100% green electricity, which FrieslandCampina Ingredients said will help decrease its carbon footprint.
Lactoferrin is naturally present in both cow’s milk and human milk. Scientific studies have shown several potential health benefits of lactoferrin, including anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory activity as well as enhanced iron absorption, the company said.