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D&L’s Batangas facility to start operations in mid-2023

Listed specialty food ingredients and chemicals manufacturer D&L Industries Inc. said Wednesday its new production plant in Tanauan, Batangas, is set to begin operations in the middle of 2023.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, D&L said that with the upcoming opening of its new plant, it is preparing to launch a full range of shelf-ready products for its export customers, made from coconut oil, for the personal and baby care, cosmetics and beauty care, household cleaning, health and nutrition, and food and vegetable oils categories that are sustainable, natural, and organic. 

Starting in mid-2023, D&L's Batangas plant will expand the manufacturing capabilities of the company’s food, oleochemicals, and consumer products ODM or original design manufacturer segments.

The new plant will operate under D&L’s wholly-owned subsidiaries, Natura Aeropack Corporation (NAC) and D&L Premium Foods Corp (DLPF). 

"As the world shifts toward more sustainable consumption, we believe that having truly sustainable operations and product offerings is the way forward. There’s a lot of interest in space, and consumers are demanding businesses [make] their fair share of efforts in preserving the only planet that we have," said NAC president Dean Lao Jr.

"Our Batangas facility and our high impact sustainability efforts put us in a very good position to capitalize on these trends. We believe that it is the next leg of growth for the company," said Lao.

D&L said it will employ a direct from source approach, which means converting raw materials into finished goods in the country of raw material origin instead of going through multi-leg production stages, which usually happen across different locations in the globe.

The company said the initiative will offer a "plug-and-play" solution for global brand owners looking to beef up their sustainable product offerings.

Under the strategy, D&L said it will primarily target export customers who do not have the proximity to the source and instead would traditionally go through multiple layers of production before their products get into their final form and are ready for end-customer purchase or consumption.

"We see the coming decade as transformational for us, both from a business and sustainability perspective. It is our advocacy to stay relentless in developing products that better lives while staying attuned to the needs of the planet. We see this as one of the great secrets for a lasting business," said Lao. —VBL, GMA Integrated News