NETHERLANDS- One of the leading wheat processors in Europe, the Crespel & Deiters Group,  is expanding the factory premises of the associated extrusion specialist Extruded Cereal Products BV (ECP).

A new production line was put into operation at the Helmond/Netherlands site in 2022, and its manufacturing and storage capacities and office space will now be expanded. The overall investment explicitly promotes the expansion of the Crespel & Deiters Group’s food segment.

In the first construction phase, the wheat processor will add storage capacities as well as a new administration building, with the restructuring of operational processes creating space for the subsequent expansion of production. 

Moreover, the affiliated extrusion technical center will also be enlarged. This center is where the R&D team of the Crespel & Deiters Group develops customer-specific solutions initially tested on a small scale using a laboratory extruder and then scaled up to save time and money.

With increased capacities, the Crespel & Deiters Group will meet the increased international demand for extrudates even better in the future. 

These extrudates are popular for both high-growth plant-based products and high-protein foods for health-conscious consumers. 

Texturates serve as the basis for the manufacture of meat alternatives, while crispies create a crispy effect and bring protein to snacks, breakfast cereals, and sports nutrition products.

ECP is one of the international technology leaders in the field of extrusion of grain and protein products and has been part of the Crespel & Deiters Group since 2020. 

The product development team at Loryma, the group’s food specialists, integrates the extrudates into comprehensive application concepts and supports international manufacturers. The recently founded Crespel & Deiters Food USA LP is responsible for distribution in the USA.

The investment is also a commitment to production in the Netherlands, meaning that all of the group’s value-added steps, from the production of wheat starch and wheat proteins to the processing of customer-oriented solutions, continue to take place in Europe. 

No other method than extrusion manages to produce such highly functional ingredients with purely physical processes. As texturizers, extrudates have massive potential to help shape product innovations in the plant-based segment or in healthy, protein-rich foods. Demand is already high and we expect it to continue to grow, so we are investing now,” Steffen von Glahn, Global Head of Operations at Crespel & Deiters remarked.

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