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Jennifer Grebow is editor-in-chief of Nutritional Outlook.
The facility is being used to implement Benexia’s patented MicroTech milling technology, which the company uses to produce ultra-fine, ultra-dispersible chia powders.
Chia producer Benexia (Santiago, Chile) says that its new chia-production facility in Arica, Chile, is now fully operational. The company says that this facility will be used to produce what it describes as “the most technically advanced forms of chia available today.”
“This facility, completed earlier this year, will produce the most technologically advanced forms of chia available today for specific food applications,” said Sandra Gillot, Benexia’s CEO, in a press release. She added that the 12,000-sq-ft production and storage facility will accommodate growing demands for clean-label, non-GMO chia ingredients.
Already, the facility is being used to implement Benexia’s patented MicroTech milling technology, which the company uses to produce ultra-fine, ultra-dispersible chia powders, such as its Xia Powder 125 powder-whose particle sizes are smaller than 125 micron-that the company introduced last fall during the SupplySide West show.
The company is also using MicroTech to produce Xia Powder 435, a <435 micron powder that the company calls a “new source of plant-based protein, fiber, and healthy lipids” and that the firm says is suited for bread, pasta, and bakery products. The new facility is certified halal, kosher, organic, IMO, and FSCC 22000.
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