Bakers Journal

Red Star Yeast completes new fermentor

September 18, 2023
By Bakers Journal

As ambassadors from the Cedar Rapids Economic Alliance looked on, leaders from the city and Lesaffre cut a five-foot long baguette to celebrate the opening of a new fermentor on Aug. 31. Dignitaries included (from left): vice-president of operations for Lesaffre Corporation and Red Star Yeast Anthony Marolda; Cedar Rapids City manager Jeff Pomerantz; president of Lesaffre in North America and CEO of Red Star Yeast Tom Benner; Red Star plant manager Mathieu Cagnard; vice-president of economic development at Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance Ron Corbett; and Red Star project director Jerry Wright. Photo: Lesaffre Corporation

Cedar Rapids, Iowa — A new fermentation capacity at the Red Star Yeast facility in
Cedar Rapids has significantly increased the company’s ability to serve its customers.

The company marked the completion of a new fermentor with a ribbon cutting ceremony in late August. The new fermentor is now fully operational.

“This expanded capacity enables us to meet growing demand and ensures reliable supply to customers in baking, nutrition, health, and biotech, which we serve through Red Star and other business units of Lesaffre,” said Lesaffre president and Red Star CEO Tom Benner. “We are committed to meeting the evolving needs of our customers across all our end markets.”

“The company’s safety-focused culture has been fundamental in enabling new growth opportunities,” said plant manager Mathieu Cagnard. “We are really proud of the advances we have made in safety and have completed this expansion project without injury.”

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