CANADA – Global chemical and ingredient distributor, Univar and India based Tata Chemicals have announced a new distribution agreement for fermented, digestive health ingredients in Canada.

Univar will be the exclusive distributor of Tata’s Fossence and Gossence prebiotic dietary fiber portfolio of ingredients for the Canadian market.

These fibers are used in a wide range of applications including dietary supplements; functional foods (bakery, dairy, snack foods); confectionaries; as well as pet food.

The partnership will be bolstered by utilizing the strengths of TATA NQ, the Nutritional Solutions division of TATA Chemicals Ltd that offers customers unique digestive health ingredients with the specific benefits needed to meet growing nutritional trends.

“This collaboration with TATA, in the high-growth areas of digestive health and functional ingredients for the food and nutraceutical industries, will help our customers address the prebiotic megatrend we’re seeing in health, wellness and nutrition,” said Adam Lasenzaniro, Univar Canada’s vice president of focused industries.

The partnership further combines Tata’s in-house bio-fermentation process and strong manufacturing excellence, along with Univar’s technical expertise and market reach.

Zarir Langrana, executive director and president of the Global Chemicals Business of Tata Chemicals said, “We are excited to partner with Univar Canada in expanding our footprint in the Nutritional solutions space.

While we have been growing this business in India, this marks a milestone for us in the entry into the North American market.

Equipped with the learnings and capabilities of our in-house food technology & analytics team, we are geared to provide customized solutions to the Canadian market, not only in terms of ingredients, but also formulations.

Univar makes for the right partner with their outreach, technical expertise and presence in the segments we wish to jointly develop.

Together, we plan to have an exciting journey.”

Univar which delivers tailored customer solutions through a broad product and services portfolio, operates hundreds of distribution facilities throughout North America, Western Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

A part of the over US$100 billion Tata Group, Tata Chemicals Limited, is a global company with interests in businesses that focus on Basic Chemistry Products, Consumer and Specialty products.