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Our Heritage

Our story begins in 1953 when Mr. Herman Barentz from Amsterdam, The Netherlands had a bright idea. Through his great connections to the Roquette company in France he got the opportunity to represent their business activities in The Netherlands.

Soon thereafter, this one supplier led to another and to even more suppliers, resulting in a broader ingredients portfolio, resulting in even more customers.

Eventually, the growing business in The Netherlands leads to an expansion into Belgium and Luxemburg, 25 years after the inception of the company.

Three years later, Barentz Germany opened its doors and soon thereafter, Barentz Poland and Barentz in the Czech Republic were a fact.

Now Barentz is operating in some 60 countries on all continents, growing fast in the Asia Pacific region and in North and Latin America.

But no matter where in the world Barentz is operating, the ambition and vision remains the same, to help customers grow their business and to be their preferred ingredients partner!

 

Latest News

20 - 08 - 2019
Barentz International, a leading global ingredient distributor, is continuing its expansion in South Africa. The company is proud to announce its joint venture with SK Chemtrade Services, a leading supplier of high-quality raw materials to the life sciences industries in South Africa and neighbouring countries. This joint venture will give Barentz quicker access to the market in Southern Africa, while offering SK Chemtrade the support of the knowledge and expertise of Barentz’ global network. SK Chemtrade has fully-staffed offices, development centres and warehouses in Johannesburg (headquarters), Cape Town and Harare (Zimbabwe). Both companies are strong performers in the life science industries. A family-owned company, SK Chemtrade specializes in flavours, compounds, nutraceuticals, natural food colourants and product development.  
01 - 07 - 2019
Tovani Benzaquen Ingredients, a major food-ingredient distributor in South America and part of Barentz, is delighted to announce the acquisition of Chemspecs, a high-performance distributor of personal care products in Brazil. Chemspecs is the largest specialized distributor of personal-care ingredients serving the Brazilian cosmetics market. Its product offerings and customer base are complementary to those of Tovani. The transaction will further strengthen the growth of Barentz within the life sciences industries in the South American market.  
13 - 06 - 2019
Barentz International, a leading global ingredients distributor, has expanded its activities in the dynamic world of taste in food. The company proudly announces its joint venture with TasteStrik©, a successful Dutch family business and a leading developer, producer and supplier of high-quality flavourings and ingredients for the bakery, cereal, chocolate, confectionery, culinary, dairy and specialty foods industry. This joint venture will give Barentz a higher diversity of sources to deliver solutions for taste concepts, while offering TasteStrik© the knowledge and expertise of Barentz’ global network.