Every third or fourth industrially produced loaf of bread in the world contains emulsifiers from Danisco. This is one of the underlying reasons why Danisco´s ingredients sector, Danisco Cultor, presented such strong sales growth in the second quarter as published just before Christmas. Most of Danisco´s emulsifiers are produced from natural raw materials, such as palm oil.
One major application area is the industrial production of bread where the bakeries´ use of small amounts of emulsifier ensures consistent bread quality irrespective of variable flour quality and baking conditions. Furthermore, emulsifiers enable the margarine industry to obtain a stable mix of water and oil. In addition, emulsifiers are used in ice-cream products and a broad range of other products. Danisco Cultor – the world´s largest supplier of emulsifiers – is seeing increasing demand worldwide.
As increasingly more foods are either entirely or partially produced industrially, there is a growing need for ingredients that can help ensure that the quality of such products is consistently high.
Danisco Cultor is unique in having five emulsifier production sites worldwide: in Brazil, Malaysia, the USA, China and Denmark. ´This gives us several advantages,´ says Vice President Torben Svejgaard, head of Strategic Business Unit Emulsifiers in Danisco Cultor.
“With our global production structure, we´re able to service our key global customers regardless of their geographical location. We produce emulsifiers on all the relevant continents where the customers´ production sites are located. No other supplier of emulsifiers is able to match that. Equally important is the fact that we´re located in some of the largest growth areas,” says Mr Svejgaard, referring to Asia, particularly China, and to Eastern Europe as well as South America.
Production of emulsifiers is most efficient when it takes place at large plants. These plants are capital intensive requiring large investments. Here, Danisco Cultor has a clear advantage compared to its competitors as the company already has five production sites:
“We don´t see any need – now or in the foreseeable future – for any ´greenfield´ investments, i.e., the establishment of entirely new production sites. For several years, we´ve worked systematically on expanding the production through debottlenecking. Based on benchmarking and sharing of best practice between the five production sites, we´ll be able to add incremental capacity at the lowest possible investment cost at existing plants,” says Mr Svejgaard.
He emphasises that the favourable position has not eliminated the need for new investments:
“Danisco Cultor is still investing to optimise and expand production. Over the next three years, we´ll increase the total capacity by around 25 to 40 per cent. In the short run, we´ve planned to increase production substantially at our plants in Malaysia, the USA and Brazil, and, although on a smaller scale, also in Denmark. The Chinese plant was commissioned in 1999. Therefore, there is not the same need for capacity expansions there in the short term.”
For further information, please contact:
Executive Vice President Leif Kjærgaard, Danisco Cultor Tel.: +45 3266 2000
Vice President Torben Svejgaard, Danisco Cultor Tel.: +45 8943 5000 or
Group Communications Manager Anders Hundahl, Danisco A/S Tel.: +45 3266 2050