Mr. Heinrich Jessen, Chairman of JJSEA, “This is the latest partnership that has evolved from one where we help our partners market and distribute their products within ASEAN, to one where we innovate, manufacture and create products right here in this region. It is an affirmation of the potential we see in Southeast Asia and our commitment to invest in the countries we operate in. Each joint venture to bring manufacturing to Southeast Asia over the last 40 years has provided substantial value to the Group, our partners and customers, and the communities we serve.”
The facility is a joint venture with Muntons PLC, the world’s leading malt producer and a long-time supplier and partner of JJSEA. The US$17.5 million plant will produce 7,000 tonnes of specialty malted food ingredients for the fast growing Southeast Asia premium food and beverage industry. It includes both straight and compounded products using the latest Vacuum Band Dried (VBD) technology, enabling customers to make compounded formulations of malt, sugar, cocoa and milk powder that is similar or better than existing players.
Mr. Marc Deschamps, Regional Managing Director & CEO of Jebsen & Jessen Ingredients said, “The booming middle class of Southeast Asia has increased demand for food, consumer and life science products. Malted products in particular are growing in popularity and our customers increasingly need innovative product launches, faster delivery, better technical and product support, and customized formulation in small batches for testing and development. This manufacturing facility helps us meet the needs of the ASEAN malted food sector, and will hopefully mark the first of many other production capabilities within our ingredients division.”
The plant is supported by 23 employees of which 15 are directly involved in the operations of the facility. It has a manufacturing flexibility and economies of scale unmatched in the industry, due to having one of the world’s largest vacuum driers. The site is technologically supported by its own strong Quality Assurance facility, a dedicated Muntons PLC Regional Innovation Center and Jebsen & Jessen Ingredient’s Regional Application laboratory in Bangkok.