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WISHH Strategic Partner Edesia Expands Capacity with Donation from Bezos Family

Congratulations to WISHH strategic partner Edesia Nutrition upon news that the Bezos family has selected Edesia to receive up to $137 million. With the donation, Edesia plans to double its production of nutritious foods, many of which are made with #USSOY. Edesia will also scale up its work to prevent malnutrition, add production lines and railroad transport access as well as invest in innovative new cost-effective products.  

Edesia has tripled its use of U.S. soy flour since 2021 at its Rhode Island manufacturing facility that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Currently, Edesia uses more than 20 million pounds of soy flour each year, which is the soy protein equivalent of more than 512,000 bushels of soybeans from U.S. farmers. It also uses high oleic soybean oil in its nutrition-packed foods that are distributed to more than 60 countries worldwide.

WISHH is partnering with Edesia on a United Soybean Board project. This soy checkoff investment is allowing WISHH to work with Edesia on product formulation and evaluation of a Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food that contains the highest level of soy that Edesia has ever used.

In her message to WISHH sharing the Bezos announcement, Edesia Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Maria Kasparian stated, “We thank you and WISHH for your continued partnership and know that this grant will help magnify the work that we are doing with you – and soy continues to be an important component.”

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