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.
科汉森是为食品、营养、制药和农业行业开发天然解决方案的一家全球领先的生物科学公司。我们为各种食品、糖果、饮料、膳食补充剂、动物饲料和植物保护开发和生产发酵剂、酶、益生菌和天然色素。我们的产品创新基于大约 40,000 株微生物菌株——我们喜欢称之为“有益菌群”。我们的解决方案帮助食品制造商实现以更少的资源生产更多的产品，同时也减少了化学添加剂和其他合成物添加剂的使用，这使得我们的产品与当今世界息息相关。可持续性是科汉森改善食物和健康的愿景不可分割的一部分。2019 年，科汉森被 Corporate Knights 评为全球最可持续发展的公司，这要归功于我们为可持续发展付出的巨大努力以及我们与客户建立的众多合作伙伴关系。145 年来，我们一直在不断地为我们的合作伙伴以及全球终端消费者创造价值。令我们感到自豪的是，每天有超过 10 亿人在消费含有我们天然成分的产品。科汉森成立于 1874 年，并已在哥本哈根证券交易所上市。