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Chr. Hansen Sells Specialty Sweetener Division

Today Chr. Hansen and American Sugar Refining announced the sale of Chr. Hansen's Specialty Sweetener Division to American Sugar Refining.

The transaction includes the specialty 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 realized that sweeteners are not within our core product areas," mentioned David R. 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 colors, and flavors."

The largest Cane Sugar Refiner

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

Brian O'Malley, Domino's President and Chief Executive Officer, said "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. We intend to continue to grow the specialty ingredient business through the development of new and unique products that meet our customers' needs for specialty sweeteners."

The sweeteners business was aquired 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 is not disclosed.


Chr. Hansen is a leading, global bioscience company that develops natural solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. We develop and produce cultures, enzymes, probiotics and natural colors for a rich variety of foods, confectionery, beverages, dietary supplements, animal feed, and plant protection. Our product innovation is based on around 40,000 microbial strains – we like to refer to them as “good bacteria”. Our solutions enable food manufacturers to produce more with less – while also reducing the use of chemicals and other synthetic additives – which makes our products highly relevant in today’s world. Sustainability is an integral part of Chr. Hansen’s vision to improve food and health. In 2019 Chr. Hansen was ranked as the world’s most sustainable company by Corporate Knights thanks to our strong sustainability efforts and our many collaborative partnerships with our customers. We have been delivering value to our partners – and, ultimately, end consumers worldwide – for over 145 years. We are proud that more than one billion people consume products containing our natural ingredients every day. Chr. Hansen was founded in 1874 and is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen.

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