On August 31, 2006, Chr. Hansen, worldwide leading producer of bacteria cultures for the food industry, has inaugurated the expansion of the existing Pohlheim site in Germany, which produces lactic acid cultures that are used in the meat and animal health industries. The new facilities will comprise state-of-the-art equipment capable of supporting future market growth in both areas.
The global market for meat cultures is rapidly expanding and more customers mean higher demands and, thus, a need for increased production capacity.
Chr. Hansen is the worldwide market leader within bacteria cultures and the ambitions continue to be set on high. The expansion at the Pohlheim-based culture production site stands to prove that Chr. Hansen means serious business in fast changing industries.
State-of-the-art freeze drier
The fermentation line and the laboratories have already been upgraded, signalling the completion of a project called Upgrade of downstream. This ensures better utilisation capacity in fermentation, bringing the Pohlheim site up on a world-class level.
Among the latest initiatives is the expansion of the drying and packaging facilities that includes, among other things, the installation of a new freeze drier.
Also a part of the Animal Health and Nutrition production will now be based out of Pohlheim. The production of silage inoculants has moved from North America to Pohlheim, in order to focus resources and be closer to the growing number of European customers.
Streamlining the resources
The expansion at Polhheim also serves the need to streamline the resources, creating a centre of excellence within the area of meat culture production.
Silage moves to Pohlheim
A considerable part of the culture production for the Animal Health and Nutrition segment will now also be based in Pohlheim.
Silage inoculants enhance the nutritive value of silage that is the most economical way of nutrient preservation for dairy cows. The silage inoculants business is a growing area and a major part of Chr. Hansen’s Animal Health & Nutrition business.