PHILADELPHIA, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC) has broken ground on a new natural colors blending facility at its Newark, Del., manufacturing site. The company has natural colors production sites in Santiago, Chile and Burton, U.K., as well as U.S.-based technical expertise in Ewing, N.J. This additional location is expected to help meet growing demand in North America for highly stable, natural colors used in applications from baking to beverages, an estimated $200 million market.
"We are delighted to break ground on this blending facility that will support natural colors growth and better serve existing North American customers with on-the-ground capabilities for customization of colors applications and specialized production," says Bryan Bast, business director for FMC Health and Nutrition. Upon completion in December 2014, the 4,800 square foot building will include new equipment for customized color solutions and additional room for future expansion. "The addition of the Delaware production site will also enable deeper collaboration with our customers," says Bast. "The very proximity of the operation to our technical expertise at FMC's Ewing, N.J., Global Innovation Center will create new opportunity for partnership as well as efficiencies for our business that will ultimately have impact for our customers." The FMC location in Delaware is a global leader in the production of cellulosics products for a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and food. Global sourcing and manufacturing strategies ensure reliable product availability and superlative batch-to-batch product consistency for customers. About FMC FMC Corporation is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, industrial, environmental, and consumer markets globally for more than a century with innovative solutions, applications and quality products. In 2013, FMC had annual sales of approximately $3.9 billion. The company employs approximately 5,600 people throughout the world, and operates its businesses in three segments: FMC Agricultural Solutions, FMC Health and Nutrition, and FMC Minerals. For more information, visit www.FMC.com. About FMC Health and Nutrition At FMC we are experts in food texture, stability, structure and color. With more than 75 years experience in the food industry, we have a deep understanding of the complexity of product formulation. Our superior technical and application expertise underpins our extensive portfolio of naturally-derived alginates, carrageenan, Avicel® microcrystalline cellulose, pectin and natural colors. We work side-by-side with customers to deliver customized chemistries that meet their unique needs and challenges while upholding the highest standards of safety, purity, efficacy and value. Part of a larger Health and Nutrition division at FMC that also serves the pharmaceutical, biomedical, personal care and nutraceutical markets, we deliver superior food science solutions from the simplest recipes to the most challenging formulations.