Kemin breaks ground on clean-label proteins plant


Samantha Oller, FoodDive

Nov. 18, 2021


Dive Brief:


ˇ         Kemin Industries has begun construction on a $40 million manufacturing facility in Verona, Missouri, to produce clean-label protein ingredients for meat and poultry applications. The site will serve as a production hub for Kemin's new Proteus Solutions Group, which it formed after acquiring Proteus Industries in April.

ˇ         Set to open in March 2023, the 38,000-square-foot plant will have an initial capacity to produce applications for more than 100 billion pounds of meat, poultry and protein-based ingredients, and will employ more than 30 full-time workers.

ˇ         The manufacturing expansion reflects the huge potential for growth in clean-label meat options, which have seen gains in consumer interest over the past few years as people question the need for certain ingredients in processed products such as phosphates.


Dive Insight:


When Kemin acquired Proteus Industries, it pointed to the need to meet growing consumer interest in both protein and clean-label ingredients. This manufacturing expansion puts tens of millions of dollars toward meeting that opportunity.


"With its technologically advanced, sustainable and clean-label attributes, our Proteus line is in high demand with food processors that provide meat, poultry and protein-based products to consumers," said Kemin President and CEO Chris Nelson in a statement...


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