Danisco acquires South African dairy research company

By Guy Montague-Jones

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Danisco has acquired South African firm Research Solutions in a bid to step up its dairy and frozen dessert activities in the country.

The Danish company claimed that the bolt-on acquisition will help it build one of the most competitive ingredients suppliers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The companies are located close to one another in Cape Town. Danisco said the Research Solutions facilities will be integrated into its own production and sales facility there.

Dairy focus

Research Solutions produces a range of stabilising systems, compounds, concentrates and sauces for food companies, and in particular the dairy industry.

Commenting on the acquisition, Søren Olsen, vice president, systems, Danisco said: “With this acquisition we are creating a new centre of excellence for Danisco’s dairy and frozen desserts activities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“We are pooling the local skills and relationships from Research Solutions with Danisco’s local production and international backup of Danisco and aim to create the most competitive ingredients supplier in Sub-Saharan Africa, both in terms of quality, cost and responsiveness.”

The financial details of the deal have not been revealed.

Having first established itself in South Africa, Danisco now has a total of 61 employees there, located in Cape Town and Johannesburg. South Africa makes up 85-90 per cent of all sales in the Sub Saharan Africa region, with Nigeria and Kenya following in second and third place.

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