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1986 basis for chicory root fibre production

Georges Smits laid the basis for chicory root fibre production.

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1988 Start of scientific research

Start of scientific research into chicory root fibres

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1989 Business renamed Orafti

Acquisition by the Südzucker Group and business renamed Orafti.

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Mid 1990´s

Foundation of regional offices in the USA and Singapore Start of networking with worldwide academia in the new field of gut health.

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1992 Start of commercial production

Start of commercial production of inulin and oligofructose in Oreye, Belgium after conversion of the old sugar plant into a modern chicory factory.

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1995 First definition of prebiotics published

First definition of prebiotics published, referring to Orafti® Inulin and Orafti® Oligofructose

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2001 Patent and launch of Orafti®Synergy1

Patent and launch of the first combined oligofructose enriched inulin, Orafti®Synergy1.

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2001-2010 BENEO™ Label Programme initiative

The BENEO™ Label Programme initiative promoted BENEO and the benefits of Synergy1 a Prebiotic Fibre on end products.  

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2006 Start of production of chicory root fibre

Start of production of chicory root fibre in Pemuco, Chile.