The Swedish multinational feed additive manufacturer Perstorp is expanding its production capacity for organic acids and esters, in response to the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) through human and animal nutrition.

The company cites predictions that, at the current growth rate, antibiotic resistance could cause more casualties than cancer within 30 years.

“This is more than enough reason for Perstorp to further invest in organic acid-based solutions, especially ones based on esters of organic acids, an area where we see incredible potential,” says Roger Mann, executive vice-president of Perstorp Feed & Food. “The growing world population and increasing protein consumption require next generation solutions. Research shows our organic acid and ester-based solutions offer an answer to society’s demand to prevent human antibiotic resistance, with many application areas to help reduce the use of antibiotics.”

The company is investing more than €14 million in its Feed & Food Business Area. This includes a strategic expansion of the main Feed & Food plant at Waspik in the Netherlands, with the establishment of satellite production units in Asia and the Americas to bring a faster, more robust and flexible supply chain to these markets.

At the same time, the company will double the number of its employees in R&D, regulatory affairs, supply chain, operations, marketing and sales functions. Mr Mann says the investment in solutions for gut health and preservation, using employees with the right skills and a passion for agri-food., will help its farm, veterinarian and nutritionist customers all around the world benefit from Perstorp’s organic acid and ester-based products.

Despite antibiotics being banned as a growth promoter in Europe since 2006, and now under tighter regulation in the US since 2017, antibiotic resistance is still a threat to public health, and one that consumers are now much more aware of.

“‘Finding next generation solutions has always been our focus,” continues Mr Mann. “Our ester technology offers a unique way to bind acids such as butyric, propionic and valeric acid, making them more efficient and safer to use. We are also investing in other areas like digitalisation. In this ever changing world, with its constantly shifting demands, Perstorp wants to keep pace with customer needs and demands.

“Taking ownership of your health is a trend we see worldwide,” he concludes. “People want to know what is on their plate, how their food is made, and how the animals were treated. Society calls for better solutions. By investing in Feed & Food we want to contribute to a sustainable world for future generations.”