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 almost 150 years to enable sustainable agriculture, better food and healthier living for more people around the world.

Our microbial and fermentation technology platforms, including our broad and relevant collection of around 50,000 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 one of the world’s most sustainable companies, 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
In 2022/23, the share of revenue for&nbsp;<span style="font-family: inherit;">the Food Cultures &amp; Enzymes and the Health &amp; Nutrition business areas was&nbsp;62% and 38% respectively.</span>

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 cultures, enzymes, probiotics and HMOs for a variety of foods, beverages, dietary supplements, 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 50,000 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 almost 150 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, more than 80% of Chr. Hansen’s revenue contributes to the UN Global Goals.

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International production and global reach

Recognized as one of the world’s most sustainable companies

For six consecutive years (2018-2023) Chr. Hansen has been listed on Corporate Knights’ list of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations. The inclusion on the list was cemented in 20192020 and 2022 when we were ranked respectively no. 1, 2 and 2. In 2023, we were ranked at no. 18.

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 toward a more sustainable food system. We believe that a sustainable future is achievable if we continue to develop biological and innovative solutions for generations to come.


1 billion

Every day, 1 billion people around the world consume a product containing a Chr. Hansen ingredient.


Every second cheese and yogurt in the world is made with at least one of our natural ingredients.


We have one of the world’s largest commercial bacterial collections with around 50,000 bacterial strains.