Milk Specialties Global acquires Minnesota processing facility

The company plans to expand operations at the facility to accommodate demand for extruded protein products

Milk Specialties Global (MSG), a manufacturer of nutritional ingredients for the performance nutrition and functional food industries, has acquired a 96,000 sqft, gluten-free processing facility, located in Minnesota, along with the Kay’s Naturals consumer brand.

The company plans to expand operations at the facility to accommodate demand for extruded protein products, which are used for applications ranging from snacks to meat alternatives. The facility’s current employees have received offers to remain with the facility, MSG says, and additional jobs will be created in the future to support production expansions.

“There is a lot of potential to ramp up production and increase capacity at our new Clara City facility, including more co-manufacturing,” said MSG VP of Extrusion Technology and Strategy Jim Fischer. “This acquisition will expand our extruded protein capabilities and help us better meet the needs of our customers.”

The facility is MSG’s 11th plant, and the latest in a series of strategic acquisitions and expansions that began in 2008. Most recently, in 2020 the company doubled its lactose production following expansion of its West Coast processing facility in California. Earlier this year, the company completed a capital improvement project at its Fond Du Lac, WI facility to begin production of lactoferrin, signalling the launch of its NutriPRO line of products.

“MSG has one of the best protein supply chains in the world and great infrastructure for producing high-quality products,” said MSG CEO David Lenzmeier. “With each investment, we can offer more value for our customers.”

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