French food group Danone has confirmed plans to invest JPY14bn (US$141.3m) to expand a yoghurt site in Japan.

A spokesperson for Danone told just-food today (12 April) the investment in the plant in Tatebayashi in the east of Japan will be spread over a ten-year period. It is expected to double the capacity of the facility to 200,000 tons of yoghurt per year.

Phase one of the expansion, which will last until 2016, will include the installation of additional lines to increase production capacity. This will include the construction of a logistics centre. The group will also focus on developing unique products for the Japanese market, it said.

Danone produces a range of yoghurts for the Japanese marketing including its Bio and Densia lines.

The second tranche of investment will see the construction of a new facility on adjacent land purchased earlier this year. The factory will also house additional lines to help boost capacity.