Benson Hill accelerates ’Go-to-Market’ strategy for plant-based protein ingredients

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Food-grade soy ingredients operation immediately unlocks opportunities for proprietary soybean portfolio in a significantly undersupplied market

US-based Benson Hill, Inc. has announced the acquisition of ZFS Creston, LLC, an established food grade white flake and soy flour manufacturing operation in southwest Iowa for approximately $102 million primarily financed through a new debt facility.

The investment fulfills a final step in Benson Hill’s ability to convert its proprietary soybeans into value-added soy protein ingredients for the underserved human and pet food categories.

The Creston operation is equipped to produce soy meal and oil, as well as food-grade soy white flake, flour, and grits, which can be marketed as ingredients or used as raw material for further production of concentrates, isolates and textured protein products. 

Acquiring the soy white flake capacity of Creston in lieu of building the capacity through capex investment positions the company to immediately offer more sustainable ingredients within the broad human food market, which includes plant-based meat, meat extension, bakery, cereal and snack, fermentation and the pet food market.

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