Chr Hansen sells off US sweetener business

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Chr. Hansen has sold its speciality sweetener division to American
Sugar Refining as part of its US refocusing strategy.

The transaction includes the speciality sweetener product line of molasses, malt, rice syrup, oat extract, honey, and invert and fondant sugar, as well as production facilities in Louisiana and Illinois.

Shortly after PAI Partners acquired Chr Hansen last year, it was decided to divest the sweetener activities of the company.

"As we reviewed our business strategies with a determined focus on growth, we realised that sweeteners are not within our core product areas,"​ said David Carpenter, president and CEO of Chr Hansen in North America.

"Thus, we decided to divest Sweeteners, and further strengthen our expertise in developing and supplying cultures, dairy enzymes, natural colours, and flavours."

American Sugar Refining, based in Yonkers, New York, is the largest cane sugar refiner in the United States. Its products are marketed by Domino Foods, which offers a full line of sugar products under the Domino, C&H and Florida Crystals brands.

"The acquisition adds to Domino's offering of specialty sweetener products, which includes natural and organic sugars and rice syrups, molasses, and fondant, icing and brown sugars,"​ said Brian O'Malley, Domino's president and chief executive officer.

"We intend to continue to grow the specialty ingredient business through the development of new and unique products that meet our customers' needs for speciality sweeteners."

The sweeteners business was acquired in 1998 as a part of the acquisition of ITC in North America and the sweeteners activities have, for all practical purposes, been concentrated on that market. The approximately 35 employees directly involved in the sweeteners business will continue to support the current activities.

The sales price was not disclosed.

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