Nexira’s growth fuelled by the acquisition of UNIPEKTIN Ingredients AG

The independent family-owned company Nexira, world leader in acacia fibre and natural plant-based ingredients for the food, nutrition and health industries, has acquired the Swiss company UNIPEKTIN Ingredients AG, a specialist and leader in natural hydrocolloids and premium ingredients

The independent family-owned company Nexira, world leader in acacia fibre and natural plant-based ingredients for the food, nutrition and health industries, announced today its acquisition of the Swiss company UNIPEKTIN Ingredients AG, a specialist and leader in natural hydrocolloids and premium ingredients.

"This acquisition consolidates our position as a key player in natural plant-based ingredients – a dynamic market that caters to consumers seeking new sensory experiences and plant-based, natural, sustainably produced alternatives," explains Olivier Houalla, Nexira Managing Director.

This acquisition is fully consistent with Nexira's external growth and diversification strategy, strengthening its position in its core business – the production of natural plant-based ingredients for a variety of food product categories. With the addition of this new range of functional ingredients to its portfolio, Nexira consolidates its leadership in the fast-growing market segments of plant-based alternatives, dairy alternatives, and meat substitutes.

Swiss-based UNIPEKTIN Ingredients AG produces natural ingredients for the food industry. The company is an expert and world leader in the production of locust bean gum (LBG), used for its thickening, stabilising properties. Its product range also includes a number of other specialty ingredients such as specific grades of tara gum, hydrolysed guar gum, and beet fibre.

With a record turnover of more than 130 million € in 2021, and 90% of that total coming from exports, the Nexira Group is a leading producer of functional, organic, clean-label ingredients sourced responsibly and sustainably. Nexira guarantees a reliable supply chain and continued access to raw materials, with full traceability.

“After a successful diversification, providing a wide range of premium and branded botanical extracts to the health and nutrition markets, we are affirming our external growth strategy with the acquisition of a 100% equity interest in UNIPEKTIN Ingredients AG. This new acquisition consolidates our position as an undisputed and independent world leader in natural ingredients for Food and Nutrition,” states Mathieu Dondain, Nexira General Manager.

Nexira has a presence on five continents and in more than 80 countries with companies in the USA (celebrating 40 years in December), Mexico, Brazil, India, China, Japan, Singapore, France, and Africa. “This is an excellent opportunity to provide UNIPEKTIN Ingredients AG with enhanced international exposure, highly skilled customer service, and expanded recognition for reliable sourcing,” comments Robert Ackermann, member of the board of directors of UNIPEKTIN Ingredients AG.

“Nexira will immediately implement its value innovation with a wider portfolio of solutions and new product developments launched at Food Ingredients Europe in late November,” concludes Mathieu Dondain.

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