Company That Fights Malnutrition To Expand In N. Kingstown

May 2, 2016

Manufacturing Plumpy Nut at Edesia's factory in Providence
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A nonprofit that makes nutritional supplements for malnourished children is expanding operations in Rhode Island. Edesia has cut the ribbon on a new 83,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Quonset Business Park.

Edesia makes packets of what’s called ready-to-use food - essentially a heavily fortified peanut butter meant to treat severe malnutrition in children.

The company says packets were distributed to nearly a million children in 2015, most recently to Syrian refugees and victims of the Ethiopian drought.

Edesia has operated a factory in Providence since 2010, employing about 70 people – many of whom are former refugees. Edesia’s new operation is set to double the company’s production capacity.