Nexira announces significant investment and increased acacia processing capacity at French plant

Nexira announced that its acacia processing capacity has increased by more than 20% at its French site in Normandy.

Nexira (Rouen, France) announced that its acacia processing capacity has increased by more than 20% at its French site in Normandy. The plant can now produce over 35,000 tons of acacia fiber yearly to meet rapidly growing global demand for nutritional ingredients. This is part of a greater than $10 million investment that also includes a new spray dryer to enhance productivity and energy performance. At its French site, Nexira has three acacia fiber processing lines, and further investment is planned for the rest of 2022 and beyond, through 2023.

“With these investments, we are significantly increasing our production capabilities, while pursuing a strategic focus on the health and nutrition markets and reducing our carbon footprint. We are confirming our leadership in acacia with a market share of over 40% and are further accelerating our diversification by adding new natural and organic ingredients to our portfolio,” states Mathieu Dondain, general manager, Development of Nexira, in a press release. “The growing market of nutritional products is boosting the demand on acacia fiber, particularly in the United States. It has been heightened by the Food and Drug Administration’s recent decision to grant dietary fiber status to acacia, following the citizen petition supported by Nexira. Our new production capacities will allow us to meet this demand not only for acacia fiber but also other natural ingredients; we have additional long-term plans for production in the U.S. to better serve our customers on the North American continent.”