STONEY CREEK, Ontario– Bartek Ingredients Inc., the world’s largest producer of malic acid and food-grade fumaric acid, announced the successful completion of a 4,000 ton per year capacity increase of its malic acid production facilities.
The first in a series of capital investment projects to support its growing acidulants business, Bartek is expanding capacity and capabilities to allow for greater flexibility and support of its food, beverage and confectionery; animal nutrition; and industrial customers.
“Since TorQuest Partners’ acquisition of Bartek in October of 2018, we’ve executed several significant capital projects to expand our capacity and improve efficiency,” Bartek CEO John Burrows said. “Chief among these is an initiative to further increase malic and fumaric acid capacity by an additional 5,000 tons/year in 2019.”
Additional projects scheduled for completion in 2019 include state-of-the-art upgrades to Bartek’s laboratories and office facilities. These projects position Bartek to answer the growing global demand for malic acid, fumaric acid and maleic anhydride and to support its customers’ growth and innovation needs.
“Bartek’s presence will grow substantially in 2019 with the introduction of new products and packages to meet market demands, and we will continue to add value for our customers through a series of planned initiatives,” Bartek’s vice president of sales Dave Tapajna said. “With the addition of resources in sales and marketing, we will also increase Bartek’s presence at industry events and trade shows.”
Bartek’s specialty products portfolio delivers wide-ranging benefits to the markets it serves, improving taste, efficiency and efficacy for brands around the globe. Distributing to over 35 countries, Bartek ingredients impart desirable sourness in food, beverage and candy applications; displace antibiotics in animal feed; and provide versatile solutions for a wide range of industrial applications.
The 2019 schedule of capital improvement projects represents Bartek’s continued commitment to its customers worldwide and TorQuest’s ongoing commitment to cultivate that growth.
For more information about Bartek and its products, visit bartek.ca.
About Bartek Ingredients
Established in 1969, Bartek Ingredients Inc. is a leading producer of malic acid, fumaric acid and maleic anhydride. Headquartered in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, Bartek employs 115 people across its two production facilities in Southern Ontario. Bartek’s facilities are registered to the ISO 9001:2015 Standard. Bartek also holds the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety certification, and it distributes to more than 35 countries around the world. For more information about Bartek, visit bartek.ca.
About TorQuest Partners
Founded in 2002, TorQuest Partners is a Canadian-based manager of private equity funds. With more than C$2 billion of equity capital under management, TorQuest invests in middle market companies and works in close partnership with management to build value. To learn more about TorQuest Partners, visit torquest.com.