GERMANY – Döhler, a global producer, marketer and provider of natural ingredients, ingredient systems and integrated solutions, has acquired Netherlands-based ingredient provider SVZ to strengthen its ingredient portfolio.
Subject to regulatory approval, the acquisition strengthens Döhler’s portfolio of natural red fruit and vegetable ingredients and its global market presence, expanding the operations in the USA and Japan, according to Döhler.
SVZ is known for its high-quality purees, concentrates and ingredients of sustainably sourced vegetables and red berries and has production sites in the USA, Spain, Poland and Belgium.
The company has established a strong global presence and successfully built a base of premium customers in the food, beverage and lifescience & nutrition industry.
Döhler says SVZ’s experience and operational excellence perfectly complements its sourcing, production and supply chain capabilities.
“With this acquisition, customers will benefit from an even broader ingredient portfolio and larger raw material base,” Döhler said in the statement.
The acquisition comes at a time when consumer interest in healthier nutrition is creating a rising demand for ingredients that offer better nutritional value and superior sensory experiences from sustainable raw materials.
According to Research and Markets, the global health & wellness food market size was estimated at US$124.26 billion in 2023, and is projected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9.33% to reach US$232.46 billion by 2030.
SVZ’s portfolio contributes to this trend by offering a variety of low-calorie, high-fiber and nutrient-rich fruit and vegetable ingredients that enhances the overall nutritional content of food and beverages.
Taste Innovation Hub in North Brunswick, New Jersey
Earlier, Döhler Inaugurated its state-of-the-Art Taste Innovation Hub in North Brunswick, New Jersey, with a focus on flavor and taste modulation innovation.
With a team of experienced flavorists, food scientists, and taste specialists on hand, this new facility will allow Döhler to leverage its 185 years of global experience in the ingredients industry to the US.
The flavor food and beverage market is estimated to experience a CAGR of 4.64%, reaching USD 20.12 billion by 2028 and this growth is mainly driven by natural flavors, according to Fortune Business Insights.
With the current inflationary environment, US customers are increasingly seeking convenience and agility in the innovation processes.
To facilitate these needs, Döhler’s North Brunswick hub will offer more than 12,000 square feet of laboratory space including a flavor analytics laboratory equipped with both volatile and non-volatile capabilities, as well as a functional extraction laboratory.
The site will also act as an east coast hub for Döhler Ventures, which supports early-stage start-ups, currently located in Los Angeles, CA.
In addition, it will scale up the global strategic partnership of Döhler and Ixora Scientific, a San Diego-based start-up that focuses on the research and development of innovative taste modulators based on botanicals.
As part of the new hub, Döhler has imminent plans to utilize ultramodern sampling technology, where customers can enjoy faster, more agile, and higher-quality sampling. This will provide Döhler’s customers with a significant competitive advantage.
In addition to the new North Brunswick hub, Döhler also plans to expand its Cartersville plant. The expansion will include an automated flavor production facility and bring additional capacity, customer-facing meeting spaces, and administrative offices.