Kemin opens facility to produce feed ingredients for meat, poultry Industry

The operation is a $70 million investment
calendar icon 29 August 2023
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Kemin Industries has opened a new manufacturing facility in Verona, Missouri, to produce its Proteus line of clean-label functional proteins that are used to increase yield and enhance the quality of meat and poultry products within the food industry, according to a company-issued press release.

Steve Kelleher (left), Research Fellow at Kemin Food Technologies – North America and inventor of the Proteus® technology, and Marc Scantlin (right), President of Kemin Food Technologies – North America, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Kemin's new Proteus production plant.

Kemin broke ground on the new building in November 2021, and last week, the company hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the 38,000-square-foot facility. The operation is a $70 million investment that employs nearly 30 full-time workers in the Verona community.

The facility, which will run under FSSC 22000 Certification and completed its first run under United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspection on July 25, 2023, will manufacture Kemin Food Technologies – a patented line of clean-label, functional protein ingredients for a variety of meat and poultry applications. 

The Proteus portfolio of muscle-based protein ingredients can help food processors naturally retain moisture typically lost in processing, which translates to processing efficiencies with improved quality, according to the company.

The state-of-the-art Proteus production plant will have an initial capacity to produce enough functional protein to treat more than a billion pounds of meat, poultry and protein-based applications.

"Since acquiring Proteus in April 2021, we've been eager to open this site and serve customers, who continue to demand sustainably sourced, technologically advanced solutions," said Marc Scantlin, president, Kemin Food Technologies, North America. "Opening our first-ever Proteus dry production plant provides the opportunity to partner with more meat and poultry manufacturers, positively impacting the quality of our global food supply."

Kemin plans for additional production capacity in Latin America beginning in 2024.

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