As previously announced, Danisco is pleased to confirm the completion of an expansion to the largest xylose factory in the world.
The factory, Danisco Sweeteners GmbH, located in Lenzing, Austria, is the latest Danisco investment to come on stream to secure and increase the production of xylose, the raw material for xylitol production.
Danisco is the world’s leading supplier of xylitol, the cariostatic bulk sweetener recognised world-wide for its unique dental benefits.
Xylitol has seen remarkable growth since its commercialisation in the early 1970’s, particularly due to its inclusion as a unique ingredient in sugar free chewing gum thanks to its cool refreshing taste and it’s clinically documented dental benefits.
The xylose plant expansion was designed and initiated at the beginning of 2006 at a cost of €23 million. The manufacturing process is based on Danisco’s highly efficient proprietary and patented technology to produce xylose from hardwood sources, at the most competitive cost.
Its efficiency is enhanced by close co-operation with Lenzing AG, the world leader in cellulose fibre technology.
Nicholas Dunning, EVP of Danisco’s Sweeteners and Pharma unit commented that, “this integration is an excellent example of Danisco’s ongoing commitment to increased sustainability and the utilisation of renewable, natural resources. Our strategy is to develop the Xylitol business globally and the expansion at Lenzing is an important piece in our plan.”
Xylitol is approved for food use in over 50 countries and this, combined with increasing commercial and scientific interest in xylitol globally, has led to a strong demand for xylitol in the global market.
The completion of the plant expansion in Austria will considerably increase Danisco’s capacity to supply the raw material for xylitol production, to ensure that Danisco will continue to remain the world’s leading manufacturer of xylitol.