Global agribusiness giant Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) is set to add glycerine refining capabilities to its complex in Lampung, Indonesia, as part of an expansion of the facilities.

The expansion of the plant was part of the group’s strategic plans to expand downstream and diversify revenue through value-added products, LDC said on 14 July.

Against a backdrop of growing global demand for refined glycerine – with Indonesia expected to be a production hub – the company said the new facilities in Lampung would complement its existing glycerine refining activities in the USA (Claypool, Indiana) and Germany (Wittenberg), completing LDC’s glycerine offering to cover all major feedstocks.

As well as strengthening the group’s position in the Indonesian market, LDC head of South & Southeast Asia Rubens Marques said the development “also further reinforces our capacity to process, package and distribute value-added products that respond to evolving market and consumer trends, including growing demand for healthy, plant-based foods and ingredients”.

Construction work was expected to begin later this year and the new plant would be equipped to manufacture USP grade glycerine and offer various food grade packaging options, LDC said.

The development also included the addition of edible oil packaging capabilities, LDC said.