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Danisco Expands Xylitol CapacityDanisco Expands Xylitol Capacity

December 18, 2007

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Danisco Expands Xylitol Capacity

ELMSFORD, N.Y.Danisco USA Inc. announced the completion of an expansion to the Danisco Sweeteners GmbH factory, located in Lenzing, Austria. The factory will help secure and increase the production of xylose, the raw material for xylitol creation. According to Ross Craig, regional sweeteners director, Danisco (Danisco.com), Xylitol has seen remarkable growth since its commercialization in the early 1970s, particularly due to its inclusion as a unique ingredient in sugar-free chewing gum. Its cool, refreshing taste and clinically documented dental benefits have made xylitol an extremely successful commercial sweetener.The $34 million xylose plant expansion was designed and initiated at the beginning of 2006. Danisco uses a proprietary, patented technology that produces xylose from hardwood sources at a competitive cost. Its efficiency is enhanced by close cooperation with Lenzing AG, a leader in cellulose fiber technology. Nicholas Dunning, executive vice president of Daniscos Sweeteners and Pharma unit, commented: This integration is an excellent example of Daniscos ongoing commitment to increased sustainability and the utilization of renewable, natural resources. Our strategy is to develop the xylitol business globally and the expansion at Lenzing is an important piece in our plan.

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