Chr. Hansen Natural Colors upgrades main R&D facility and Global Expertise Center

Chr. Hansen Natural Colors upgrades main R&D facility and Global Expertise Center
Press Release | Jun 28. 2018 06:12 GMT

With this expansion and modernization Chr. Hansen will be able to stay ahead of consumers’ increasing demands for natural, yet innovative food and beverage products.

“Innovation has always been the backbone to our business. This investment is fully aligned with our ambitions to continue to deliver unique products to the market. Today, we have the largest color portfolio in the industry and that stems from our innovation capabilities. We are constantly evaluating new sources of raw materials and innovative formulation technology to address an evolving market,” explains Jacob Vishof Paulsen, interim executive vice president for Natural Colors.

This latest expansion follows a recent announcement of a major investment in Milwaukee to create a new Natural Colors site in the US, including expanded laboratory and production capabilities.

“In line with our Nature’s no. 1 strategy, our continued investments into our innovation capabilities show our dedication to scientific excellence. We want to stay the undisputed leader in pioneering solutions within natural colors and coloring foods,” adds Jacob.

Working side by side with our customers
Chr. Hansen Natural Colors partners with some of the greatest food brands in the world.

“The Global Expertise Center in Montpellier welcomes customers from around the world on a constant basis. At our facilities we work in partnership with our customers as we share our pigment and application expertise to find the solutions that meet the unique needs of their brands,” explains Luc Ganivet, vice president, Innovation.

“Our team in Montpellier has grown significantly over the years. Today we have 40 employees and we will continue to grow in number as we accelerate our innovation strategy to respond to the increasing market demand. Now we will develop a more modern facility that will further improve our ability to work closely with customers and advance our R&D efforts, and create space for our growing team,” explains Luc.

Where innovation happens
Chr. Hansen Natural Colors purchased the site in Montpellier 18 years ago. Since then, the site has grown to become our main R&D center for natural colors & coloring foodstuffs.

The expansion and upgrade of the facilities will start as soon as September 2018, with the full new building and site upgrade finalized by November 2019.

The building capacity will house additional employees on site and the laboratory space will be more than double what it is today. The new building will include a modern show room for welcoming customers – both for training or development work in the laboratories.

“The project to expand will take place in phases to ensure that our daily work is not affected. We will continue to deliver our usual pipeline of activities during the renovations from Montpellier,” adds Luc.

About Chr. Hansen Natural Colors
Chr. Hansen is the world leader in natural colors. We apply our deep knowledge and insights about pigments, applications, and regulatory requirements around the globe to help our customers – and consumers – bring safe and appetizing food to the table. Sourced from nature, our color portfolio is the largest and most vibrant in the food industry, and our active role in the industry spans 140 years. We are part of Chr. Hansen Holding, who develops natural ingredient solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. Chr. Hansen employs over 3,000 people in 30 countries and is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen.


Chr. Hansen es una empresa global líder de biociencia que desarrolla soluciones naturales para las industrias de alimentación y nutrición, farmacéutica y agrícola. Desarrollamos y producimos cultivos, enzimas, probióticos y colorantes naturales para una gran diversidad de alimentos, dulces, bebidas, suplementos dietéticos, piensos para animales y fitosanitarios. Nuestra innovación en productos se desarrolla sobre la base de unas 40.000 cepas microbianas, a las que solemos llamar «bacterias beneficiosas». Nuestras soluciones permiten que los fabricantes de alimentos produzcan más con menos, al tiempo que también disminuyen el uso de productos químicos y aditivos sintéticos, lo que hace que nuestros productos sean muy apropiados en el mundo actual. La sostenibilidad forma parte integrante de la visión de Chr. Hansen de mejorar los alimentos y la salud. En 2019 Chr. Hansen fue clasificada como la compañía más sostenible del mundo por Corporate Knights, gracias a nuestros grandes esfuerzos en pro de la sostenibilidad y a las numerosas relaciones de colaboración con nuestros clientes. Desde hace más de 145 años aportamos valor a nuestros socios comerciales y, en última instancia, a los consumidores finales de todo el mundo. Nos llena de orgullo que cada día más de mil millones de personas consuman productos que contienen nuestros ingredientes naturales. Chr. Hansen fue fundada en 1874 y cotiza en la bolsa Nasdaq de Copenhague.

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