A potted history
Life and times of the carob pod
In 1955, the Licitra family started in carob pod trading with their first storage facility in South
Fast forward to 1980 and construction of the carob pod kibbling plant at Genisi, Ragusa had begun. In just a few years, the company grew to become the most important carob seed supplier in Italy.
LBG Sicilia was founded in Ragusa in 2001 and started the production and commercialization of the locust bean gum. In fact, today it’s considered as the most innovative locust bean gum plant in Italy, if not the world.
In 2013, we completed an important investment to improve the locust bean gum production capacity and created a triumph of technology with the new factory and R&D center to produce functional systems and a contract blending service.
Our latest expansion saw production capacity double to over 7,000 tonnes of locust bean gum per year. Out of our 50,000 sqm of space, 20,000 is dedicated to production, warehousing, an innovation centre with R&D laboratories and more office space, making us the largest locust bean gum factory in the world.