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Firmenich to acquire ingredients supplier DRT from Ardian

March 10, 2020
Food & Drink

Firmenich has agreed to acquire France-headquartered ingredients supplier Les Dérivés Résiniques et Terpéniques (DRT) from private equity firm Ardian.

Headquartered in Dax, France, DRT develops a range of plant-based and naturally-derived ingredients from terpenes and rosin derivatives – such as wood rosin resins – which can be used as texturisers in beverages, chewing gum and personal care products.

DRT operates nine production facilities worldwide – four in France, two in the US, two in India and one in China – and the company registered a turnover of €550 million in its most recent annual results.

DRT’s ingredients are mainly sourced from pine trees, and Firmenich states that the acquisition will significantly enhance its portfolio of ‘renewable’ ingredients.

Patrick Firmenich, chairman of the board at Firmenich said: “I am thrilled to bring DRT’s unique capabilities for developing sustainable ingredients to Firmenich.

“This proposed combination builds on our business partnership of more than 30 years and our established track record of successful co-development in a long-standing joint venture.

“We thank Ardian and Tikehau Capital for their strong stewardship and we are delighted to welcome all DRT colleagues to Firmenich. We share the same passion for our customers, sustainability, as well as strong family values.”

Laurent Labatut, CEO of DRT, added: “We share a long-standing relationship with Firmenich as it is one of our main partners.

“Firmenich is renowned for its cutting-edge research that feeds into the broadest and finest ingredients palette. Our joint innovation capabilities would open up new opportunities to support our clients across our entire product portfolio.

“Together we look forward to opening a new chapter with a shared ambition to design best-in-class sustainable ingredients for our customers.”

By Martin White

Source: FoodBev

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