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Company That Fights Malnutrition To Expand In N. Kingstown

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A nonprofit that makes nutritional supplements for malnourished children is expanding operations in Rhode Island. Edesia has cut the ribbon on a new 83...

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. 

Manufacturing Plumpy Nut at Edesia's factory in Providence
Manufacturing Plumpy Nut at Edesia's factory in Providence