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Caramel color expansion: Roquette completes Sethness acquisition

September 7, 2018
Consumer Packaged Goods

Roquette has completed the acquisition of Sethness Products Company (Sethness), a leader in the production of caramel colors for food and beverage applications, further leveraging both companies’ global capabilities in caramel colors. Operations and businesses of both companies will be run independently, according to the company announcement. Financial details of the deal have not yet been disclosed.

Before the acquisition, Sethness and Roquette already had a strong partnership, operated two successful joint-ventures in France (Merville) and China (Lianyungang).

Founded in the USA in 1880, Sethness is a leader in the production of high-quality caramel color for the food & beverage sectors, thanks to four manufacturing facilities located in the US, France, India and China. This acquisition will reinforce Roquette’s position as a leading player in these markets and further drive value for its customers, according to the company.

Sethness provides a large selection of caramel colors (in liquid and powdered forms) as well as a variety of clean label caramel color options (non-GMO, certified organic, gluten-free, allergen-free, etc.).

This move will contribute to Roquette’s strategic growth plan in the Food, Nutrition and Health markets to address its customers’ current and future needs everywhere in the world and will create new opportunities for Roquette and Sethness’ employees.

In a statement sent to FoodIngredientsFirst, at the time of the announcement, Roquette pointed out: “The transaction consists in transferring the stakes held by the Sethness family to the Roquette Group, which would become the exclusive shareholder of the company. Sethness has grown over the past 135 years by focusing on delivering the highest quality caramel color products. As an 85-year old family-owned company, Roquette is driven by a similar long-term vision. It has been partnering with Sethness for almost 15 years and intends to ensure the continued economic development of the company in its markets, notably by reinforcing its leadership in the food and beverage industry.”

“Caramel color is the world’s most widely used food colorant. It is used largely to color numerous foods and beverages including colas, soy sauce, seasonings, bread, pet food, cereals, etc. In fact, 1 in 20 food items you find in any supermarket is made with caramel coloring. People have used caramel to color their food for centuries in order to make it look as delicious as it tastes. It is also used in some cosmetic and non-food applications,” read the statement.

Jean-Marc Gilson, CEO of Roquette, also comments: “This acquisition will help accelerate Roquette’s growth plan in the food & beverage market and further drive value for our customers. We have been thrilled to successfully partner with Sethness in France and China for years. We are looking forward to working with their talented teams to continue addressing customers’ current and future needs everywhere in the world.”

Source: Food Ingredients First

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