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 est une entreprise internationale, leader dans le domaine de la bioscience, qui met au point des solutions naturelles pour les industries des secteurs alimentaire, nutritionnel, pharmaceutique et agricole. Nous développons et produisons des cultures, des enzymes, des probiotiques et des colorants naturels pour toute une série d'aliments, de bonbons, de boissons, de compléments alimentaires, de produits alimentaires pour animaux, ainsi que de produits de protection des plantes. Notre innovation en matière de produits repose sur environ 40 000 souches microbiennes – que nous aimons appeler de « bonnes bactéries ». Nos solutions permettent aux fabricants de produits alimentaires de produire plus avec moins – tout en limitant le recours à des produits chimiques ou à des additifs de synthèse – ce qui rend nos produits très intéressants dans le monde actuel. Le développement durable fait partie intégrante de la vision de Chr. Hansen pour améliorer l'alimentation et la santé. En 2019, Chr. Hansen a été classée l’entreprise la plus durable au monde par Corporate Knights grâce à ses efforts soutenus en matière de développement durable et à ses nombreux partenariats collaboratifs avec ses clients. Nous apportons de la valeur à nos partenaires et, au final, aux consommateurs du monde entier, et ce depuis plus de 145 ans. Nous sommes fiers que plus d'un milliard de personnes dans le monde consomment des produits contenant nos ingrédients naturels tous les jours. La société Chr. Hansen a été fondée en 1874 et est cotée au Nasdaq de Copenhague.

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