DUBOIS, PA. — Danone North America has increased plant-based food manufacturing capacity at its facility in DuBois, Pa. Following the expansion, the plant will manufacture the company’s Silk, So Delicious and Vega branded products.
“As flexitarian eating patterns continue to evolve and grow in popularity, plant-based food options present an opportunity to bring new choices throughout the grocery store,” said Mariano Lozano, chief executive officer of Danone North America.
Danone S.A., parent company of Danone North America, has set a goal of generating €5 billion in plant-based product sales. Plant-based beverages and yogurts are considered the “core” of the company’s portfolio, accounting for approximately 80% of sales that are currently approximately €1.7 billion.
Mr. Lozano said the plant expansion was intended specifically for the manufacture of dairy-free products.
“Dairy-free is different than non-dairy — dairy-free options must be produced in a facility that is solely dedicated to plant-based food production,” he said. “As consumers continue to seek out more dairy-free options, having a facility that meets this standard gives us an opportunity to deliver on their growing demand and high expectations.”