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IOI Loders Croklaan appoints new COO


IOI Loders Croklaan, the leading producer of premium quality Specialty oils and fats, has announced the appointment of Manuel Laborde as Asia's Chief Operating Officer in charge of the operation of IOI Loders Croklaan in Malaysia and China. These locations serve China, Asia Pacific, Indian sub-continent, Middle East and Latin America as well as Africa. Effective September 1st, 2017. Mr. Laborde’s appointment follows his role as the Group’s Chief Business Development Officer, responsible for Global Strategy and Business Development, M&A, and Global Business Segments of Infant Nutrition (Betapol® OPO), Confectionery Ingredients, and Bakery Ingredients.
“Asia is a critically important market in the global food and Infant Nutrition industry. IOI Loders Croklaan is a solution provider to global and regional leaders in the food industry, we have over 500 innovative products and hundreds of customer co-development projects on-going at any time. The region is growing rapidly in our core food ingredient segments like chocolate confectionery as well as bakery ingredients, and most importantly in the premium infant nutrition market that demands growing volumes of OPO a specialty ingredient that mimicks the fat composition of mother’s milk in infant formula" said Manuel Laborde. "We continue to invest in our manufacturing and technical capabilities in the region. Our Creative Studio in Pasir Gudang was built to support our global and regional customer’s projects, business development and innovation in the region.
IOI Loders Croklaan has more than 120 years of innovation knowledge and experience in oils and fats. The company invented Cocoa Butter Equivalents CBEs as well as OPO and many other widely used lipid-based technology serving the food industry. IOI Loders Croklaan has integrated supply chain which offers the full control from raw material to end product, and is committed to provide the safest and most effective functional ingredients to the food and infant nutrition industries.
According to Manuel Laborde: "IOI Loders Croklaan will continue to invest in the region as well as in China, and strive to achieve continuous quality excellence to exceed our customers’ expectations and fuel the growth and protect their valuable brands. We will dedicate every effort to drive the development of the food industry in Asia.”