Closer to the Chinese customers

Closer to the Chinese customers
Press ReleaseApr 01. 2014 13:00 GMT

Chr. Hansen inaugurates new office and Global Expertise Center in Shanghai.

Chr. Hansen is proud to announce the opening of a new office and Global Expertise Center in the Changning district of Shanghai .

The new center focusing on natural color solutions was officially opened on 26 March, 2014, by Mr Nicolai Prytz, the Danish Consul General, together with Chr. Hansen’s Mr Sten Estrup and Mr Haiming Zhu, Group Vice President, Asia Pacific, and Country Manager China, respectively.

“Since its founding Chr. Hansen’s solutions have always been based on strong research and development competencies. The opening of Chr. Hansen’s expertise center in Shanghai today confirms the company’s long-term commitment to the Chinese market offering value-added ingredients for the future,” said Mr Prytz.

Solid outlook
China is the second largest economy in the world, and the long-term growth outlook is solid.

Chinese consumers are increasingly concerned about the quality of the food and beverage products they buy and want to be able to trust their food source and supply. According to a global consumer survey carried out by the Nielsen Company in 2011, 60% of Chinese consumers are ‘very concerned’ about the use of synthetic colors in food and beverage.

“Our vision of improving food and health fits very well with the market trends in China, as does our Nature’s no. 1 strategy that accentuates the importance of natural solutions in all our business areas. The new Shanghai Global Expertise Center will enable us to provide an even better service and inspiration to our valued Chinese customers,” said Sten Estrup. “Our ambition is to be faster and have strong local capabilities to offer solutions with a Chinese twist.”

Chr. Hansen is a leading, global bioscience company that develops natural ingredient solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. We develop and produce cultures, enzymes, probiotics and natural colors for a rich variety of foods, confectionery, beverages, dietary supplements and 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 make our products highly relevant in today’s world. Sustainability is an integral part of Chr. Hansen’s vision to improve food and health. In 2019 Chr. Hansen was ranked as the world’s most sustainable company by Corporate Knights thanks to our strong sustainability efforts and our many collaborative partnerships with our customers. We have been delivering value to our partners – and, ultimately, end consumers worldwide – for over 140 years. We are proud that more than one billion people consume products containing our natural ingredients every day. Revenue in the 2017/18 financial year was EUR 1,097 million. Chr. Hansen was founded in 1874 and is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen.