Spice extraction firm Mane Kancor opens production facility in Karnataka

Mane Kancor, a major global spice extraction and natural ingredient manufacturer, has inaugurated a new manufacturing facility in Byadgi, Karnataka.

The facility, located on approximately 50 acres, represents a significant expansion for the company. The new facility is located in the primary growing belt of highly pigmented hot pepper varieties.

The project includes advanced technologies and a continuous extraction process that ensures the best efficiency of the process.

A notable feature of the facility is the inclusion of a supercritical fluid extraction plant that uses carbon dioxide as an extraction medium. According to Mani Kankur, the eco-friendly process not only aligns with the company’s commitment to sustainability, but also ensures organic compliance.

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“Our vision is to organize mass production in one place to streamline operations and management. This new facility not only quadruples our production capacity, but will also create 50 percent more direct employment,” said Jean Manet, President of the Manet Group. It provides opportunities to more than 10,000 people, including farmers, across Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Kerala. With the facility occupying only a third of the available land in Bidji, we have plenty of room for future expansion.”

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The expansion project is in line with the plans of Mane Kancor announced during the company’s golden jubilee celebration in 2019. With an investment of over Rs 200 crore in foreign direct investment, parent company Mane aims to strengthen its presence in India. Headquartered in France, Mane, the world’s fifth largest flavor and fragrance house, has its Byadgi facility as its largest manufacturing site in India.

“With a focus on segments such as natural colours, natural antioxidants and personal care ingredients, this expansion strengthens our capabilities and positions us for further growth,” said Jaemon Korah, Managing Director and CEO of Mane Kancor.

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In addition to chilies, the Byadgi facility has the capacity to process a wide range of raw materials, including rosemary and other spices.

The expanded bandwidth allows the company to increase productivity and deliver innovative products. Notably, the facility also implements a zero waste management system, converting biomass generated during production into boiler fuel and using gas from the industry canteen effluent treatment. The treated water is reused for irrigation.