Lallemand Animal Nutrition looks to double microencapsulated yeast production capacity

By Jane Byrne

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Lallemand Animal Nutrition is investing to expand production capacity for its live yeast protection technology for pelleted feed applications. It is one of the biggest investments in production facilities in a decade for the company.

It said it has seen huge growth in the demand for Titan protected live yeast products since the launch of the technology 10 years ago.

“Today, more than half of our global live yeast sales are in the Titan protected form, the rest are in non-protected yeast for non-pelleted feed applications,” ​said a spokesperson.

The company used to produce all its live yeast products in one plant. Production is now done across five yeast plants in Canada, South Africa and Europe, including two European facilities. This latest investment concerns the factory in Poland only, which is located in Józefów.

That plant will see a doubling of both its yeast drying and micro-encapsulation capacities by the end of this year, as well as a new warehouse.

“The Józefów plant, together with the one in Germany, is dedicated to Titan protected yeast production, the other plants are used for other yeast products. Titan uses a specific patented yeast microencapsulation step, but it is not only about micro-encapsulation, the development of Titan is an integrated approach and the yeast fermentation and drying steps have also been specifically adapted,” ​the spokesperson told us.

Growing demand for such protected live yeast products has been fueled by an increase in pelleted feed production, even in markets where mash feed was traditionally the main feed form, such as in the Middle East, said the company.

Titan technology, it claims, protects live yeast against pressure, heat and moisture constraints that can be encountered in feed pelleting processes, as well as against chemical compounds. The technology is applied to all of Lallemand Animal Nutrition’s live yeast products for use in swine, poultry and ruminant applications.

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