Döhler Group provides a variety of components to meals and beverage producers, starting from well being to plant-based components, colors and flavours. The corporate boasts greater than 45 manufacturing websites and operates in additional than 160 nations.
The Germany-headquartered components provider is now seeking to buildout its product portfolio and develop its operations with the acquisition of Royal Cosun-owned SVZ, which specialises in fruit and vegetable components.
The deliberate takeover (sum undisclosed) is topic to regulatory approval.
SVZ is best-known for its purees, concentrates and components of sustainably sourced greens and purple berries. “With this acquisition, prospects will profit from a good broader ingredient portfolio and bigger uncooked materials base,” famous Döhler.
The transfer responds to a rising development for ‘more healthy diet’ and demand for ‘components that provide higher dietary worth and superior sensory experiences from sustainable uncooked supplies’, the corporate added. “SVZ’s portfolio contributes to this development by providing quite a lot of low-calorie, high-fibre and nutrient-rich fruit and vegetable components that enhances the general dietary content material of meals and drinks.
“SVZ’s merchandise seamlessly combine with Döhler’s portfolio of pure components and ingredient programs.”
The SVZ model might be continued, and its employees retained, Katharina Wallace, advertising and marketing supervisor at Döhler informed FoodNavigator. “SVZ is predicated on a passionate professional crew and that is an acquisition for progress, therefore our plan is to retain workers.”
If accredited, the acquisition will see Döhler take over SVZ’s manufacturing amenities in Belgium, Poland, Spain and the US – permitting for the enlargement of its operations within the US and Japan.
“Döhler has gross sales and innovation places of work in each nations and operates two vegetation within the US for flavour, tea components and built-in options. This acquisition will localise fruit and vegetable manufacturing within the US,” stated Wallace.
For SVZ proprietor Cosun, the transaction aligns with its ‘strategic priorities’. The farmer-owned cooperative and agri-food firm believes Döhler may give an ‘impulse’ to the additional improvement of SVZ and its workers.
Divesting SVZ will permit Cosun to ‘carry extra focus’ to its portfolio, which embody companies teams Aviko, Cosun Beet Firm, Cosun Protein, Cosun Biobased Specialists, Dynie Group, and Sensus.
Approval from the Dutch competitors authority has been requested and the transaction anticipated to shut by the tip of subsequent month.
Typical purple colouring, generally known as carmine, is derived from cochineal bugs. As such, it doesn’t meet calls for for animal-free merchandise.
Döhler’s curiosity in different strategies of manufacturing, both although vegetation (as SVZ has been doing with fruit and greens) or through mobile agriculture know-how, seems to be constructing.
Earlier this yr, the Germany components provider’s funding arm, Döhler Ventures, invested in Chromologics, a Danish start-up leveraging precision fermentation know-how to provide ‘pure’ purple meals color. Chromologics’ flagship product, Natu.Crimson, goals to switch carmine, betanin (derived from beets), and artificial colouring Crimson 40.