About us

Chr. Hansen is a global, differentiated bioscience company that develops natural ingredient solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. 

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At Chr. Hansen we are uniquely positioned to drive positive change through microbial solutions. We have worked for over 145 years to enable sustainable agriculture, cleaner labels and healthier living for more people around the world.

Our microbial and fermentation technology platforms, including our broad and relevant collection of around 40,000 microbial strains, have game-changing potential. Matching customer needs and global trends we continue to unlock the power of good bacteria to respond to global challenges such as food waste, global health and the overuse of antibiotics and pesticides.

As the world’s most sustainable biotech company, we touch the lives of more than 1 billion people every day. Driven by our legacy of innovation and curiosity to pioneer science, our purpose – To grow a better world. Naturally. – is at the heart of everything we do.

 

Two business areas – multiple product categories


Business overview 2019/20
Numbers from the Annual Report 2019/20
 

Food cultures & enzymes Open Close

We develop and produce cultures, enzymes and probiotics for the food industry, including for example  wine and meat, and in particular for the dairy industry. Our ingredients determine taste, appearance, nutritional value and health benefits.

We are the global market leader in dairy ingredients. Actually, every second cheese in the world contains at least one of our natural ingredients.

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Health & Nutrition Open Close

We develop and produce products for dietary supplements, pharmaceuticals, infant formula, animal feed and plant protection. Our probiotic cultures are carefully selected and have documented effects for people or animals, as well as for plants.

We believe in strong research and documentation through our clinical-trial program.

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Health & Nutrition

We develop and produce products for dietary supplements, pharmaceuticals, infant formula, animal feed and plant protection. Our probiotic cultures are carefully selected and have documented effects for people or animals, as well as for plants.

We believe in strong research and documentation through our clinical-trial program.

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Product innovation based on strong scientific research and development

All of our solutions are based on strong scientific research and development competencies. We combine this with significant technology investments and close relationships with customers and collaboration partners to ensure that innovation continues to be the backbone to our business. 

We are the owner of one of the world’s largest commercial collections of bacteria, numbering almost 40,000 strains. From this collection, bacteria are screened, selected and improved to meet specific requirements in food, dietary supplements, animal feed and plant protection.

 

Sustainable solutions for the global consumer

Social responsibility is an integral part of Chr. Hansen’s vision to improve food and health for current and future generations. For more than 145 years, our business has been firmly rooted in our respect for the environment, while our natural solutions help meet the demand of a growing population for a healthy, safe and nutritious products. As a global pioneer, we are committed to addressing global challenges. That is why our sustainability strategy revolves around three of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: better farming, less waste and good health. Actually, 81% of Chr. Hansen’s revenue contributes to the UN Global Goals. 

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International production and global reach

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Recognized as one of the world’s most sustainable companies

For four consecutive years (2018 – 2021) Chr. Hansen has been listed on Corporate Knights’ list of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations. The inclusion on the list was cemented in 2019 and 2020 when we were ranked respectively no. 1 and 2. 

Inclusion on the Global 100 list is a great tribute to all the hard work that is put into our sustainability efforts every day across our global business and a result of our many collaborative partnerships with our customers. Our sustainability enabling technologies and innovations support our customers and the industry towards a more sustainable food system. We believe that a sustainable future is achievable if we continue to develop natural and innovative solutions for generations to come. 

 

Fun facts

1 billion

More than 1 billion people consume products containing our natural ingredients every day.

50 %

Every second cheese in the world contains at least one of our natural ingredients.

~40,000

We have one of the world’s largest commercial collections of bacteria, numbering almost 40,000 strains.