Lycored, a global leader in lycopene-based colour and taste-enhancing ingredients for food and beverages, has expanded its tomato-based lycopene production to meet unprecedented demand.
The company will now harvest record volumes of tomato annually for its colour and health ingredient portfolio following a three year multi-million-dollar investment in new lines, equipment and process and supply optimization strategies.
Lycored’s colour formulation capabilities will be a central part of the expansion driven by its new formulation facility in Branchburg, New Jersey. The new plant will increase the company’s current colour formulation capacity, reducing carbon footprint, and support expansion and supply into additional markets in Asia and the Middle East.
Rony Patishi-Chilim, CEO at Lycored said: “The expansion of our lycopene production follows a period of strategic equipment investments and improvements in tomato usage during key harvest periods.
“These changes ensure that we have the expertise and the capacity to meet the needs of our customers across the food, beverage and health ingredient industries looking for natural colour, active health ingredients and taste-enhancing solutions.”
Lycored also plans further expansion to its seasonal capacity through working with a third party in the Southern hemisphere to provide higher product availability at different times of the year.
Rony added: “The demand for natural color ingredients is higher than ever and continues to grow as clean label, traceable, vertically integrated pigments that are plant-based grow in popularity, alongside the plant-based movement towards a more sustainable future.
“As manufactures and developers look to capitalize on this trend, we are ready with our portfolio to support their projects. Our new Branchburg facility will also be the location for an application laboratory to support colour application and proof stability initiatives.”
Lycored’s growing capacity will harvest opportunities in colour applications across a multitude of buoyant and emerging food segments including vegan products and functional beverages.
To learn more about Lycored`s super stable colours for use across many applications visit https://www.lycored.com/harvesting-possibilities/ or to find a perfect colour match for your application across dairy, beverage, fruit preparations, confectionery or vegan meat and fish analogs, check out our HueFinder Color matching tool: www.Lycored.com/HueFinder