USA – Döhler Group, global producer, marketer and provider of technology-based natural ingredients, has acquired a majority stake in Nutrafood S.r.l., an ingredients company.
According to the company, the transaction further complements Döhler’s range in the area of plant-based food and beverages.
It currently provides its customers with solutions from smoothies to spoonables to beverages which enable the development of natural nutrition concepts that provide Multi-Sensory Experiences.
The portfolio of pulses, cereal bases and low-calorie bases, such as veggie NFCs, coconut water etc., is now supplemented by nut products.
Nutrafood’s extensive expertise and ability to provide plant-based ingredients for food and beverages, combined with the broad product portfolio and the comprehensive industry knowledge of the Döhler Group, will create unique synergy effects.
Customers will be able to benefit from a more complete product range and improved efficiency of the two businesses in a global market with regard to customised all-in-one solutions.
Döhler Group and Nutrafood are convinced that this step is a milestone on the path towards a leading position in the plant-based nutrition segment, while simultaneously strengthening their respective positions.
According to Innova Market Insights, the number of new food and beverage products featuring plant-based claims increased by 62% CAGR globally between 2013 and 2017.
The growing consumer interest in health, sustainability and ethics is driving plant-derived ingredients and products into high popularity with growth occurring in areas such as plant proteins, active botanicals, sweeteners, herbs and seasonings, and colouring foodstuffs.
Nutrafood will continue and enhance its core business of plant-based foods and beverages.
Both companies will join forces to drive innovative products and solutions that are in line with current consumer trends.