Biorigin, a Brazilian company that produces natural ingredients for food and feed, will start the expansion of its unit located in Quatá, Brazil, aiming at doubling its production capacity.

With investments of around $120 million and expected to start in June, 2013, the expansion plan includes fermentation, pure culture, autolysis and drying sectors. Production increase is expected for 2014.

According to Mario Steinmetz, Biorigin's general director, "This investment will allow Biorigin to continue its process of sustainable growth in the market of food and feed ingredients, as well as to innovate in products and services, as we have done during the last 10 years."

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Biorigin is a business unit of Zilor, a sugar and alcohol producers in Brazil. Biorigin produces raw materials and utilities in a sustainable manner.

"This expansion initiative was brought about by positive market perspectives and by health and wellness market trends of an increasing search for natural ingredients. Moreover, we have a production model that allows the traceability of the ingredients applied. In addition, we use renewable energy sources that supply the requirements of sustainability," said Steinmetz.