To meet our clients’ increasingly complex needs, we expanded our business operations in order to innovate beyond what was traditionally available in the market. In 1998, we established our first seaweed processing plant through a joint-venture in Indonesia. This was followed in 2000 with a wholly-owned seaweed chip processing facility in the Philippines, supported in 2001 by a powder processing facility in Ontario, Canada utilizing proprietary technology. These integrated operations enabled GPI to produce uniquely functional Carrageenan sought by our customers, who by then had grown to become highly diverse and global in nature. Our technologies gained greater traction as the competitive differentiators for our customers and they in turn became more ready to explore new ideas and processes with us.