Chr. Hansen Natural Colors acquires SECNA Natural Ingredients Group

By Jim Cornall contact

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SECNA has provided natural colors such as from black carrots for more than 50 years. Pic: Getty Images/MariaBrzostowska
SECNA has provided natural colors such as from black carrots for more than 50 years. Pic: Getty Images/MariaBrzostowska

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Chr. Hansen Natural Colors, a provider of natural colors, has announced plans to continue its growth acceleration with the integration of SECNA Natural Ingredients Group S.L into its portfolio.

This is the first add-on investment since being acquired by private equity firm EQT, and it strengthens Chr. Hansen Natural Colors position by giving it access to SECNA Groups’ pigment portfolio, which includes anthocyanins from black carrots and grape, and caramel.

“We’re committed to continuing to find new ways to harness and share the power of nature's true colors. This is the first of many exciting milestones for us as a standalone company. We look to enhance our value proposition and strengthen our operational platform together with the team at SECNA at a time when demand for naturally sourced colors is increasing,”​ said Odd Erik Hansen, CEO, Chr. Hansen Natural Colors.

SECNA Group CEO, Gabriel Muñoz said, “It’s a win-win situation as Chr. Hansen Natural Colors will add our strong pigment offerings in anthocyanins and caramel to their collection, while providing our valued customers and suppliers with access to their portfolio, technologies and market reach, which is the most extensive in the industry.”​  

“The combination of our color platforms puts us in a prime position to better serve the market and our customers, and we’re looking forward to welcoming SECNA Groups’ 100 employees to the Chr. Hansen Natural Colors team,”​ said Klaus Bjerrum, COO, Chr. Hansen Natural Colors.

The SECNA group is a holding of several companies, with a presence in Spain, Italy and Turkey.


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