Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, inaugurated its Fortitech® Premixes plant in Vadodara, Gujarat. The plant is spread across 5,000 square meters and will be a one-stop source for food, beverage and pharmaceutical manufacturers looking for fortification as a way to differentiate their products from their competition. The new plant will service the South Asian market with its teams split between Delhi and Mumbai, as well as a business development group, based in Malaysia and an upcoming Nutrition Innovation Center in Singapore. The initial employee headcount for this plant will be 29 full-time positions.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. Alphonsus Stoelinga, said: “India and the Netherlands are very important economic partners for each other. India is the fifth largest source of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the Netherlands and vice versa the Netherlands are the fifth largest source of FDI for India. This plant of DSM is a perfect example of Dutch FDI in India. But there is more to it: Royal DSM is recognized for its global leadership in initiatives related to food security, preventing hidden hunger and promoting sustainable development in high growth economies. The new DSM Fortitech Premixes plant in Vadodara is a testimony of its commitment to develop and deliver innovative nutrition solutions to the South Asian market.”
Commenting on the inauguration, Rick Greubel, president, Human Nutrition & Health, said: “We are delighted to start our new Fortitech Premixes plant in Vadodara. All Fortitech Premixes adhere to the criteria set forth in our Quality for Life™ program, which represents our unwavering commitment to quality, reliability, traceability and sustainability. As one of the fastest growing economies in the world, we believe that this facility in India will add to DSM’s overall growth and profitability. By expanding our presence, we aim to deliver more value to our Indian and South Asian customers.”
Bharath Sesha, president, DSM India, commented: “We see tremendous opportunity in India in the food, beverage and dietary supplement market. Indian consumers are becoming more aware of healthy lifestyle choices and are actively looking for nutritional products that they can rely on. Our goal is to support healthy, quality living in India, and our Fortitech Premixes plant in Vadodara is an important step towards achieving it.”
Brian Wilcox, global vice president, Fortitech Premixes, said: “Growing economies, such as India, offer tremendous opportunities for Fortitech Premixes. The fast-paced lifestyles of today’s consumers mean that proper diet and nutrition are not always within easy reach on a daily basis. We have a long and successful history of working with food and beverage manufacturers to create fortified products that have a tremendous appeal to consumers. We are looking forward to continuing that tradition with our operations here in Vadadora. The talented workforce we have on hand here can only guarantee our success.”
DSM has a long history of combating micronutrient deficiencies around the world and has a number of partnerships including with the UN World Food Program, Aisyiyah Project – Indonesia; One Goal Campaign - Asian Football Confederation; Sight and Life; etc. As the world’s leading producer of vitamins and other nutritional ingredients, DSM has a clear responsibility to help solve the globe’s most solvable problem: hidden hunger.