COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — Danisco has broken ground on a cultures plant expansion in Madison, Wis.

The new facility is expected to be operational in August 2010 and help meet the demand for frozen Direct Vat Inoculants cultures.

"In addition to the capacity expansion, this investment will deeply remodel our Madison site," said Eloi Fontaine, Madison plant manager. "It will allow us to optimize production and logistics flows using best-in-class food safety standards and improve overall working conditions."

The expansion will increase the surface of the Madison manufacturing facility by a third with new shipping area, offices, maintenance shop, and new storage and pelletizing areas. The investment is part of a recently announced $90 million Danisco will invest to expand its cultures capacity worldwide.