FMC has broken ground on a new natural colours blending facility at its manufacturing site in Newark, Delaware, US.

With the new facility, the company plans to take advantage of the growing demand in North America for stable, natural colours used in various applications from baking to beverages, a market which is estimated to be worth $200m.

It will also enable the company to collaborate closely with its customers.

The 4,800ft² facility complements FMC’s existing natural colour production sites in Santiago, Chile, and Burton, UK, as well as a Global Innovation Center in Ewing, New Jersey.

Scheduled to be completed in December 2014, the plant will feature equipment for customised colour solutions and additional space for future expansion.

FMC Health and Nutrition business director Bryan Bast said, "We are delighted to break ground on this blending facility that will support natural colours growth and better serve existing North American customers with on-the-ground capabilities for customisation of colours applications and specialised production."

"The very proximity of the operation to our technical expertise at FMC’s Ewing, N.J., Global Innovation Center will create new opportunity for partnership as well as efficiencies for our business that will ultimately have impact for our customers," he added.

In Delaware, the company produces cellulosics products for various industries, including pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and food.

Pennsylvania-headquartered FMC operates in three segments – FMC Agricultural Solutions, FMC Health and Nutrition, and FMC Minerals. In 2013, the company generated revenues of around $3.9bn.

Image: FMC officials at the ground breaking ceremony of the new natural colours blending facility in Delaware. Photo courtesy of FMC Corporation.