20 - 02 - 2008
Barentz Europe BV today announced the acquisition of a major stake in Vitablend Holding, a privately held production company of antioxidants, vitamin and mineral blends and nutraceuticals for the food and pharmaceutical industry.
Through this acquisition Barentz strengthens its technological capabilities and next to its in-house centers of excellence for the meat and baking industry, Vitablend will become the group’s centre of excellence for nutritional products and concept development.
The portfolio of Vitablend products fits perfectly in the product mix that Barentz is offering on a pan-European basis through its 19 subsidiaries in 25 countries and reinforces the relation with the European key customers. The Barentz sourcing activities with own offices in China and India provide a strategic advantage to Vitablend.
Vitablend was formed in 2000 and has a state-of-the-art facility in Wolvega, in the province of Friesland in The Netherlands. The company is a specialist in protection, with a full range of antioxidant products, and in fortification, through tailor made blends of micronutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, nucleotides and nutraceuticals.
The company offers a vast know how in food and pharmaceutical applications from infant to clinical nutrition to food supplements and from spreads to baked goods, cereals and drinks.
Vitablend has its own sales offices in France, Germany and the UK.
Barentz is a specialized distribution company for the food, feed, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and chemical industries. The company has been growing mainly through organic growth and only embarked on a pan-European presence since the nineties. This acquisition demonstrates the determination to reinforce its position as the leading specialty ingredients supplier in Europe.
“Barentz provides us synergies and support that will allow us to realize our ambitious growth targets.” says Jack Boers, the director of Vitablend Holding. “Vitablend’s expertise in developing and producing Protection and Fortification systems will bring more added value to the Barentz product portfolio. At the same time Barentz huge European sales network will help us to accelerate our growth and the infrastructure of Barentz will help to reduce costs, for example through Barentz Sourcing.”
“Contrary to most of our competitors, Barentz has become a pan-European specialty ingredient distributor mainly through organic growth and will continue to do so in the future. We offer a complete portfolio of products and a one-stop-shop for our customers. At the same time we have acquired some very unique technological production companies such as Barentz Ingredients in 2002, L.I. Frank-Miedendorp in 2007 and now Vitablend. With centers of excellence in bakery, meat and nutritional products we continue to strengthen our innovative and technological support for our customers.” according to Hidde van der Wal, CEO of Barentz Europe BV.
Barentz: Rinus Heemskerk, +31 23 567 3456
Vitablend: Cees Petersen, + 31 561 69 1831
17 - 07 - 2007
Barentz Europe BV, one of Europe’s leading specialty raw materials companies, starts a new company in Turkey for the distribution of ingredients and additives for feed, food and chemical industries. Barentz Gida ve Kimya Tic. Ltd. Sti. office and warehouse are based in Istanbul. Barentz had already a presence in Turkey through its local partner. Demand from partners and market accelerated Barentz decision to invest further in this potential and fast growing market.
Hidde van de Wal, CEO of Barentz Europe B.V. comments “With the Turkish office we can now better serve our partners in the Turkish market. We are happy that we can make a quick start by taking over business and people from our partners. This way we are immediately in contact with and supplying products to the major players in the market”.
“Together with our local partner we have been building up business out of our Hoofddorp office in the Turkish market in the past period. But we think that local Barentz presence, will give our customers even better service and a more extended product portfolio. By focusing with local Barentz people on our customers in the food, the feed and chemical industry, we can grow the business at much more rapid pace for our partners.” says Mr. John Hus, VP Business Development of Barentz Europe B.V.
The Turkish distribution market has long been dominated by local, mostly family owned, companies working with a few principals. As the Turkish economy and industry is professionalizing and internationalizing strongly, customers and suppliers are demanding more professional distribution partners. Barentz sees clear opportunities to fill this gap with its clear vision and long-term strategy of operating together with its partners through exclusive distributorship and full transparency.
Barentz Gida ve Kimya Tic. Ltd. Sti. is already active with a sales force and support people in the Istanbul office and warehouse. Barentz takes over existing business from some of its partners and also the local people supporting this business became part of the Barentz group.
Turkey – Mehmet Gozukara +90 216 4710847
Elsewhere - Rinus Heemskerk +31 23 567 3456
06 - 06 - 2007
Barentz Europe BV and Ernst Sander AG have decided join forces for the distribution of specialty ingredients and additives for the food, feed and pharmaceutical industry. The partners have agreed to form a new joint venture company: Barentz-Sander AG. Barentz-Sander AG will be located in Zug and service the Swiss food, feed and pharma customers of Sander AG and Barentz GmbH.
“Barentz is one of the leading specialty distribution companies in Europe, with a clear vision and a long term strategy” says Mr. Alex Koller, the new CEO of Barentz-Sander AG. “Both Barentz and Sander are privately owned companies with a long tradition of customer focus and added value service. The combination of Barentz with the local expertise of Sander will offer a great advantages to our Swiss customers”.
“We have been able to build substantial business out of our Oberhausen office in the Swiss market in the limited period that we are active in this market. We do feel however that local presence, will assure our customers even better service and a more extended product portfolio. By focusing with local people on our customers in the food, the feed and the pharmaceutical industry, we are very confident that we can grow the business at much more rapid pace for our partners.” says Dr. Torsten Pieschnick, managing director of Barentz GmbH and VP for the Pharma Division of Barentz.
“We are delighted that we have found a partner which cherishes the same values as Barentz and is firmly rooted in Switzerland for over 135 years. The joint-venture fits our strategy to be a strong local supplier in every European country. The conditions in the Swiss market lead us to this solution over the option of organic growth. Barentz normal growth path in the past ten years has been growth through own offices, Russia and Turkey being the latest additions to the Barentz Network. Also in the future we will look at all options to further our growth” concludes Hidde van der Wal, CEO of Barentz Europe BV.
Switzerland - Alex Koller : +41 41 710 61 22
Elsewhere - Rinus Heemskerk: +31 23 567 34 56
About Barentz Europe
Barentz Europe is a privately owned company and one of the leading specialty raw material companies in Europe active with nearly 350 people in 28 countries. The company is active in distribution towards the food, the feed, the pharma & cosmetic and chemical industries. The turnover of The Barentz Group in 2006 was almost € 400 million.
About Sander AG:
Founded in 1871, Sander is a privately owned distribution company based in Zug, Switzerland. The company supplies specialty ingredients and additives to the Swiss industry and other European markets. Particularly water treatment, paper and card board industry, coatings and inks as well as the chemical industry are core business for Sander. Owned by the Koller family, Sander AG has earned a reputation as a solid distribution house in the Swiss market.
10 - 04 - 2007
Barentz Europe BV, one of Europe’s leading specialty raw materials companies, today announced the acquisition of MDB Twello BV, a privately held ingredient company in Twello, the Netherlands, that specialises in soy and lupin products. MDB Twello BV operates under the name Fa. L.I. Frank – Fa. Wed. W. Miedendorp.
“Barentz is a leader in proteins in Europe. We distribute a large portfolio of vegetable and animal proteins for both the food and the feed industry” says Walter Blom, Vice-President of Barentz Production Division. “The range of soy and lupin specialty ingredients is a seamless fit between Fa. L.I. Frank – Fa. Wed. W. Miedendorp and Barentz Ingredients BV. Together we will be able to offer an even broader range of products and services to our customers.”
Barentz acquisition of Fa. L.I. Frank – Fa. Wed. W. Miedendorp reinforces its position as an important ingredient supplier for the European bakery industry. Fa. L.I. Frank – Fa. Wed. W. Miedendorp is the world leader for lupin products and was founded over 250 years ago by the Miedendorp family. Starting as a merchant in colonial goods and spices for the bakeries in the North of Holland, the company has evolved in the past 60 years as a specialist in key ingredients for the bakery industry. Today the company markets food ingredients, such as lupin concentrates and food fibres for the the bakery, the meat, the ready-meal and health food industries.
Comments Victor Miedendorp de Bie, Commercial Director MDB Twello: “We are very happy with this agreement as it guarantees maximum continuity for our customers, suppliers and employees. Over two and a half century of family values are safe in the Barentz group of companies. With the Barentz network Fa. L.I. Frank – Fa. Wed. W. Miedendorp now forms part of an extensive pan-European distribution group and is ready for rapid further growth.”
“The extension of Barentz production facilities reinforces our position in the food industry. Barentz has up to now developed through organic growth and will continue to do so in the future. However, acquisitions like this one, which fit our strategic objectives, will continue to be part of our future.” concludes Hidde van der Wal, CEO of Barentz Europe BV.
Barentz Europe BV only embarked on production facilities 5 years ago and reinforcement of Barentz Ingredients with Fa. L.I. Frank – Fa. Wed. W. Miedendorp clearly demonstrates the company’s intention to become the key specialty raw materials supplier in all European markets.
MDB Twello - Walter Blom + 31 546 574114
Barentz - Rinus Heemskerk +31 23 567 3456
Barentz Europe BV was created in 2000, as a holding company for Barentz European activities. Barentz is a privately owned company and one of the leading specialty raw material companies in Europe, active with over 300 people in 25 countries. The turnover of the Barentz Group in 2006 was almost €400 Million.
About MDB Twello
MDB Twello operates under the trade name of Fa. L.I. Frank – Fa. Wed. W. Miedendorp. The company offers a complete range of full fat toasted and native soy flours and grits and the full range of native and toasted lupine flours and grits, high protein lupin concentrate. A full range of organic products is available. The company employs 20 people in a modern production facility and is ISO 9001, HACCP and BRC certified.
26 - 03 - 2007
Barentz Service s.r.l., the Italian distributor for Barentz Europe BV, one of Europe’s leading specialty raw materials companies, today announced the acquisition of Sicos s.r.l., a privately held ingredient distribution firm based in Northern Italy.
“Barentz has a clear vision and long term strategy for the specialty ingredients distribution market in Europe” says Oliver Fox, Managing Director of Barentz Service. “The philosophy and way of operating in the market, through exclusive distributorship in full transparency, is a seamless fit between Sicos and Barentz Service. Together we will be able to offer an even broader range of products and services to our customers.”
Barentz Service’s acquisition of Sicos reinforces its position as a leading ingredient distributor for the Italian market. Sicos is an Italian distribution company for the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry and was founded almost 20 years ago by Massimo Marini and Aniceta Carzaniga. In that period, it has become one of Italy’s top food ingredient distribution companies.
Comments Dr. Marini, “We are delighted with this agreement as it guarantees maximum continuity for our customers, principals and employees. The Italian raw material distribution market is still very fragmented. With the Barentz network Sicos now forms part of an extensive pan-European distribution group and is set for rapid further growth.
“Barentz now has a leading presence in Italy. Contrary to most of our competitors, Barentz has developed through organic growth and will continue to do so in the future. However, acquisitions like this one, which fit our strategic objectives, will continue to be part of our future.” concludes Hidde van der Wal, CEO of Barentz Europe BV.
Barentz Europe BV only embarked on a pan-European presence ten years ago and the Barentz Service acquisition of Sicos clearly demonstrates the company’s intention to become the key specialty raw materials distributor in all European markets.
Italy - Oliver Fox +39 02 99 05 04 04
Elsewhere - Rinus Heemskerk +31 23 567 3456
About Barentz Service
Barentz Service was formed in 2005 and is a 50/50 joint venture of Barentz Europe BV and Chemservice s.r.l. Barentz is a privately owned company and one of the leading specialty raw material companies in Europe, active with over 300 people in 25 countries. The turnover of the Barentz Group in 2006 was almost €400 Million. Chemservice s.r.l. is a major Italian chemical distribution company, founded in 1996, owned by the Fox family and based on their experience in industry and market distribution since 1947.
Sicos s.r.l. is a privately owned ingredient distribution company based in Arcore, Milan. It supplies specialty ingredient products and services from all over the world to the Italian food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and cosmetics markets. A portfolio of national and international customers completes the picture of a company which has rapidly and positively positioned itself at the centre of the Italian food specialties distribution market.