27/04/2021 | Ingredients

Chr. Hansen Natural Colors acquires Secna Natural Ingredients Group

Chr. Hansen Natural Colors announces its first major transaction, after becoming a standalone company, further bolstering the company’s position as the world leader in natural colours. The company plans to continue its strong growth acceleration with the integration of Secna Natural Ingredients Group S. L., a holding of several companies with 100 employees and a presence in Spain, Italy and Turkey. This is the first add-on investment since being acquired by private equity firm EQT, and it significantly strengthens Chr. Hansen Natural Colors position by giving it access to Secna Groups’ strong pigment portfolio, which notably includes anthocyanins from black carrots and grape, as well as caramel.

Odd Erik Hansen, CEO Chr. Hansen Natural Colors, says: “We’re committed to continuing to find new ways to harness and share the power of nature’s true colours. This is the first of many exciting milestones for us as a standalone company. We look to enhance our value proposition and strengthen our operational platform together with the team at Secna at a time when demand for naturally sourced colours is increasing”.

For Gabriel Muñoz, Secna Group CEO, this partnership is the ideal opportunity to join forces with a like-minded established industry leader: “It’s a win-win situation as Chr. Hansen Natural Colors will add our strong pigment offerings in anthocyanins and caramel to their collection, while providing our valued customers and suppliers with access to their portfolio, technologies and market reach, which is the most extensive in the industry”.