Ingredion provides a “sneak peek” of its plant-based protein manufacturing facility in South Sioux City, Nebraska, with CEO Jim Zallie
South Sioux City, Nebraska ̶ Plant-based proteins continue to be in high demand. By the end of this year, the Company will have invested $185 million and broadened its product portfolio in plant-based proteins to meet this growing consumer trend.
Last week, president and CEO Jim Zallie, Jorgen Kokke, executive vice president, global specialties and president of North America, and Igor Playner, vice president and general manager of plant-based proteins, as well as team members from the plant-based protein team had the opportunity to tour the Company’s latest state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in South Sioux City, Nebraska, before construction is completed in the third quarter of 2020.
“By helping our customers respond to consumer trends, get to market faster and win in the highly competitive food and beverage industry, we are becoming a more valued partner,” said Zallie. “Our strategic investments make us more competitive and expand our higher value specialty ingredient portfolio and capabilities. It was great to see the progress that has been made by the team in South Sioux City, which is a testament to our employees and the commitment from the entire plant protein team.”
Plant manager Eric Hazuka and his team provided a tour for Ingredion’s leadership that included the journey that the peas travel from start to finish once they enter the facility.
“By combining our expertise in product formulation with high-quality North American-sourced pulses, we are well positioned to be a reliable source supporting our customers with great-tasting and sustainable plant-based proteins for food and beverages,” said Kokke.
“The tour of the South Sioux City plant was invaluable to our team. We gained additional knowledge and insight that we can weave into our final plans for our customers,” concluded Playner.