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UniOleon Celebrates Plant Opening in Malaysia

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Joint Venture partners United Plantations Bhd and Oleon NV opened a new food emulsifier factory in Malaysia today, reinforcing their commitment towards sustainability.

The factory was inaugurated by HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium and YB Datuk Amar Douglas Ugga Embas, the Minister of Plantations Industries and Commodities of Malaysia, accompanied by the Belgian Economic Mission members’ Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium Mr. Didier Reynders and State Secretary of Foreign Trade of Belgium Mr. Pieter De Crem.

Two years after the agreement to form UniOleon Sdn Bhd, a 50:50 joint investment, the state-of-the-art factory is producing functional food oleo-derivatives to support the company’s market growth particularly in the bakery, confectionery and dairy industry. “While food consumption has never been as high as today, emulsifiers are indispensable to reduce waste and to tackle the problem of limited shelf life” says Mr. Moussa Naciri, CEO of Oleon NV. In addition to this production expansion, a specialized applications lab is being looked into in order to enhance the development of food emulsifiers. “The global middle class is poised to swell from 2 billion today to around 5 billion in 2050. This is the main driver as to why global processed food demand will increase dramatically. Doing this in a sustainable manner is therefore not only a challenge but the only way forward and we intend to commit ourselves fully to this journey” says Dato’ Carl Bek-Nielsen, Chief Executive Director of United Plantations Bhd.


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With a vertically integrated supply chain model, all the way back to the raw materials, UniOleon’s ambition is to produce zero trans fats emulsifiers by eliminating partially hydrogenated oils from the production process and by having a clear dedication to non-GMO and allergen free products in order to meet the latest consumer trends in the rapid evolving processed food industry.

With Oleon’s technical expertise, market knowledge and commercial reach and United Plantations’ position as absolute leader and frontrunner in the production of sustainable palm oil, this partnership offers the unique opportunity to produce traceable and fully RSPO segregated emulsifiers of high quality for every application.