The facility will boost Hyrosol’s current offerings which include the production of custom stabilising and texturing systems.
“Our production plant in Europe has a capacity of 30,000 tonnes of ingredients a year,” said managing director Dr Matthias Moser.
“We are now investing in a second facility of which the groundbreaking will take place soon. Production will start during the coming year.”
Expansion plans correspond to growing demand for its tailor-made solutions, particularly for clean, green label and 'free from' products that are increasing in popularity.
“The second facility will also be located in Wittenburg near Hamburg, very close to the actual production site,” added Moser.
“The investment covers the full supply chain including equipment, staff and logistics.”
As a member of the Stern-Wywiol Gruppe since 1995, Hydrosol also has access to existing laboratories at the group’s technology centre in Ahrensburg, near Hamburg.
The 3,000 m² facility has eleven R&D laboratories working on dairy, meat, deli food and ice cream.
In addition to these laboratories the group also has research facilities – 'technikums' – for enzymes, vitamins and micronutrients, baking ingredients and lipids, as well as a trial spraying plant.
The Stern-Wywiol Gruppe, which also owns food supplement makers Sternlife, and baking ingredient specialists DeutscheBack have entered into a long-term acquisition strategy, which has seen the addition of companies such as Mühlenchemie, SternVitamin, SternEnzym and Berg+Schmidt to its current portfolio.
“These foresighted investments, coupled with the flexibility and reliability of an owner-operated company and the creative expertise of our staff, are central to our success,” said Moser.
As a result, the group recorded a sustained period of growth last year with a reported €444 million in revenue – a 12% increase for the owner-managed group.