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About us

Chr. Hansen is a leading, global bioscience company. We deliver natural innovative solutions that address global challenges by advancing food, health and productivity.

We develop and produce cultures, enzymes, probiotics and natural colors for a rich variety of foods, confectionery, beverages, dietary supplements as well as even animal feed and plant protection. Our product innovation is based on more than 30,000 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. We have been delivering value to our partners – and, ultimately, end consumers worldwide – for more than 140 years. We are proud that more than 1 billion people consume products containing our natural ingredients every day.

Three business areas – multiple product categories

Three business areas

Numbers from Annual Report 16/17

Food Cultures & Enzymes

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

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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Natural Colors

We develop and produce natural colors for the food industry with a focus on:

  • Beverages
  • Confectionery
  • Dairy and fruit preparations
  • Dietary supplements
  • Ice cream
  • Prepared foods

Our colors originate from natural sources like berries, roots and seeds, and we are global frontrunners in encapsulation and stabilization techniques.

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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 30,000 strains. From this collection, bacteria are screened, selected and improved to meet specific requirements in food, dietary supplements, animal feed and plant protection. Within our natural colors solutions we are global front runners in encapsulation and stabilization techniques.

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. Our natural solutions help meet the demand of a growing population for healthy, safe, and nutritious products. 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. 

Read more about our approach to sustainability 

 

Fun facts

  • 1billion


    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.

  • 30,000


    We have one of the world’s largest commercial collections of bacteria, numbering almost 30,000 strains.

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