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Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

May 11, 2017

Corporate

Nutrition & Santé Inaugurates New Gluten-Free Manufacturing Facility

  • New gluten-free manufacturing facility in Compiègne, France to begin production on May 10, 2017.
  • The European market for gluten-free foods is steadily expanding. In recognition of these escalating consumer needs, Nutrition & Santé began offering gluten-free products in 2007.

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. (Head Office: Tokyo, Japan; President: Tastuo Higuchi) fully owned subsidiary Nutrition& Santé (Head Office: Revel, France; hereafter N&S) held a May 10, 2017 ceremony to mark completion and launch of operations at a new manufacturing facility located in Compiègne, France. The new plant will be a dedicated gluten-free production facility, with no wheat products used in any of the manufacturing lines.

A European leader in health and nutrition food products, N&S products are available in more than 40 countries. In response to growing demand for gluten-free foods in European markets, N&S has been offering gluten-free products since 2007. With sales of N&S gluten-free products continuing to post steady growth*1, completion of the new facility dedicated to production of gluten-free products will boost manufacturing capacity to meet these escalating consumer needs.

Didier Suberbielle, CEO of N&S commented at the completion ceremony: “I have today the great honor and pleasure to celebrate the inauguration of our new industrial site dedicated to the manufacturing of gluten-free products. Today, we estimate that about 10% of the European population is sensitive to gluten. Our products will help them have a better life, day after day, More than ever, Nutrition & Santé is spreading the Otsuka mission of ‘creating new products for better health worldwide’.”

New Factory Overview
■Name : Compeigne Factory
■Address : ZAC du Bois de Plaisance, 60280 Venette, France
■Floor space : 8,100㎡
■Employees : 70
■Production Items : Madeleine, Bread, Biscuits

  • *1 Survey of gluten-free products in French supermarket health-food section, IRI, 2016

About gluten-free foods
In response to allergic reactions to gliadin, a gluten protein found in wheat and certain other cereal grains, gluten-free foods are primarily produced using soy, corn or rice flour.

Company Overview

Nutrition & Santé SAS http://www.nutrition-sante-brands.com/

Headquartered in southern France, N&S distributes health and nutritional food products in 40 countries, with a focus on Europe. The company has a portfolio of 28 well-known brands, with a focus on nutrition and health foods as befitting the Nutrition & Santé (health) name. N&S products account for approximately 60% of the functional and health food product category in France*2. A member of the Otsuka Group since 2009, N&S currently contributes as a European manufacturing and marketing center for the Otsuka range of nutraceutical products.

  • *2 Survey of nutritional products in French supermarkets, IRI, 2016

Information in this news release was current as of the original release date.