Ecotone has announced a 20 million investment to meet growing plant-based demand

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18 May 2022

Ecotone Announcement 20 million Investment To meet the growing demand For Plant-based drinks In the European market

  • EcoTone, a pioneer of organic and plant-based alternatives in France and Europe, Made an announcement 20 million Investment Its plant-based beverage production site Located Badia Polesine, NNorthern Italy.
  • Me Large investment has enabled the creation of a new production line, Now Operation, making Factory The biggest one Manufacturer of plant-based beverages Europe.

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A plant-based beverage factory 4.0

Investing in Ecotone’s Italian site and developing a new production line will enable it to produce An additional 27 million litersres Every year plant-based beverages – increase production capacity by 30%.

This major investment is part of the group’s strategy to strengthen the competitiveness of its production sites, focus on innovation and automation, and advance sustainability throughout its operations.

With a view to making the Badia Polysine site a flagship of Industry 4.0, the focus is on automation, including the implementation of an in-house palette flow management system for laser-guided vehicles.

A reorganization of the factory production workshop also allows for increased automation –
With 50% of Of Enterology There is no need for human intervention with fully automated production flow between bottling and pallet loading on the truck. Allowing for more efficient paletting also reduces new installations By the use of plastic 15% And optimizes transportation with Eliminate 58 tons of CO2.

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Working at the Badia Polysin site since 1993, Ecotone has chosen this location to be as close as possible to the production of organic raw materials needed to make its products.

The plant, which produces organic plant-based beverages for brands including Bjorg, Bonneterre, Isola Bio, Abbott Kinney’s and EcoCesta, Now employs 163 people Across a site spread over 14,000m2This makes it one of the largest European manufacturing sites of its kind

Across five production lines, the plant leaves 120 million liters of plant-based beverages per year.

Has made investments over the last three years to bring production up to Industry 4.0 standard and to open an additional production line 32 New Work Location, Mainly in technical and R&D functions. More jobs are expected as production increases.

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With his valuable knowledge, Badia Polesin represents a factory European Center of Excellence for Research and Development Plant-based drinks. Strongly anchored in a promising market with great growth opportunities, more than Ecotone 20 years experience Production of plant based beverages.

ECotton, a player committed to protecting the environment and biodiversity

Ecotone, a company with a B-Corp Certified Mission, wants to find a more demanding and exemplary approach to CSR. A portion of it has recently been invested Dedicated to improvement Factory Energy performance.

The production site, which operates exclusively on renewable energy, is also equipped with sustainable solutions, including the implementation of a system The total roundness of the water, Where industrial washing water goes through biological treatment with active sludge and is then reused in agricultural production processes. An innovative co-generator, which restores energy from the factory production process, also supplies the site with 40% of its power.

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To accomplish the mission of “Food for Biodiversity”, it relies on a vast network more than Ecotone. 100 producers Or 4,500 hectares of 100% organic farmingGrowing throughout Italy without any pesticides, herbicides, pesticides, or synthetic fertilizers.

Ecotone is committed to developing agro-realistic practices that transcend organic traits (hedge planting, crop rotation, or hibernation in the field) to promote more biodiversity and to cultivate more. 35 plant speciesCultivated in this way stimulates biodiversity and food diversity.

Christoph Bernouin, its CEO ECotton, Says:
“Strengthening the goal of this major investment ECotton’s industrial competition in the growing market for plant-based beverages. With a strong presence across Europe, just like its brand Nine Production site, incl Two In France, in Ecotone Committed Its value and Leading The path to further innovation and sustainability in the food industry. I would like to pay my respects Consolidation Over the past three years, teams have been able to make the project a success and turn it into a Badia Polsin
Factory
A European art flagship

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Press contact:

Emily Lovenbach- [email protected]

00 33 6 11 23 37 69

About Ecotone

Ecotone is the European leader in organic, vegetarian and fair trade foods. It aims to nurture biodiversity through strong and promising brands: Allos, Alter Eco, Bjorg, Bonneterre, Clipper, Destination, Danival, El Granero, Isola Bio, Kallø, Hole Earth and Zonnatura. In 2019, it became the first European food company to receive B Corp certification. The company has a family of 6 European countries and is headquartered near Lyon. It employs 1,600 people and has a turnover of 725 million euros in 2021. Through its foundation, the company supports ecosystem recovery and conservation projects.

www.ecotone.bio

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