German food processing technology supplier GEA has been commissioned by a leading French dairy and beverage producer to build a plant for processing soya, oats and rice, the company announced on 29 April.

The new production plant is being built for Laiterie de Saint-Denis-de-l’Hôtel (LSDH), one of France’s leading manufacturers of liquid food and vegetable products.

All process steps, from the raw material intake of grains and flour to in-line standardisation, will be incorporated into the plant, which is scheduled for commissioning from mid-2022, according to GEA.

GEA said it would also be supplying a pilot plant for product development.

Based in the Centre-Val de Loire region, LSDH is an independent French family business that was originally established as a dairy but now produces and packages a range of drinks and liquid foods.

With the new facility, LSDH is aiming to expand its position in the plant-based beverage market, according to GEA.

The new plant is being built at LSDH’s headquarters in Saint-Denis-de-l’Hôtel and will enable the company to extract the oat, rice and soya concentrates on its own production line.

With the new plant, LSDH would be able to produce 14 tonnes/hour of soya and cereal concentrate, GEA said.

As well as supplying technology for food processing, GEA is also active in a range of other industries.