Press release
Thursday, 17 May, 2018 - 10:15

The first grains of corn have been shipped to the new production site in Slobozia, in the south-east of Romania! KALIZEA is Europe's second biggest corn processing specialist. With an expected production capacity of 70,000 tonnes by 2021, this new plant will further increase its corn processing capacity.

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"This new location will strengthen our ties with European customers and increase our export opportunities," explains KALIZEA’s managing director Charles L'HELGOUALC'H.

A veritable entrepreneurial adventure, with the total renovation and reconfiguration of the production site, everything began in January 2017. It took nearly 13 months to turn this former wheat mill into a highly efficient corn processing plant. 43,500 man-hours were needed, with 10 semi-trailers of equipment and material and 6 km of welded or connected pipes, to renovate nearly 12,000 m².

"The result is the fruit of KALIZEA's historical expertise, accumulated over 40 years in corn processing, and the strong commitment of our technical teams to make this Romanian production site a real technological model," adds KALIZEA's industrial director, Pierre BROTIER.

With a milling capacity of nearly 200,000 tons, spread over three major corn production regions in France (Pringy), Poland (Siechnice), and now in Romania, KALIZEA has reached a new dimension. Its international development will give it greater visibility and the ability to support key accounts in their growth, by offering them the same product quality in different countries and the guarantees they expect in terms of reliability of supply.

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About KALIZEA:
KALIZEA, a company of VIVESCIA group, is now one of Europe's leading corn processing companies.  KALIZEA fully exploits the corn kernel's potential to make food for humans and animals. With a range of semolinas, flours, and oils, Kalizea also has diverse innovative corn-based ingredients intended for food manufacturers. KALIZEA generated nearly €50 million in turnover in 2017, with nearly 100 employees.  www.kalizea.com

KALIZEA press contact: Orphée Maillard – +33 (0)6 85 46 95 69 – orphee.maillard@Kalizea.com

About VIVESCIA:
VIVESCIA is an international cooperative farming and food processing group, with 7,600 employees in 24 countries, generating a turnover of €3.4 billion. Specialising in producing and adding value to grain through food processing, VIVESCIA is owned by 11,000 farmers from the north-east of France.
As the leading French grain cooperative, VIVESCIA is committed to taking care of grain, from field to fork. 1 in 10 croissants in Europe are produced by our group; 1 in 10 beers around the world are produced with our malt; and Francine, the leading flour brand on the French market, is an integral part of everyday cooking for millions of French families. Every day around the world, thousands of consumers enjoy delicious sweet and savoury snacks together in our 350 Délifrance restaurants. 
Over the last 90 years, our Grain Community has been driven by the same entrepreneurial ambition to advance its mission: to nourish people. Every day, VIVESCIA's farmers and employees undertake to innovate for more sustainable farming and food. 

VIVESCIA Group press contact: Valérie Frapier – +33 (0)6 08 97 04 55 – valerie.frapier@vivescia.com