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Aug 27, 2020

Barentz expands in the Czech Republic through acquisition of Conneco Chemicals s.r.o.

Barentz International, a leading global distributor of life science ingredients, has strengthened its activities in the Czech Republic through the acquisition of Prague-based, Conneco Chemicals s.r.o. – a well-known specialist in formulating and blending ingredients for the health and nutrition industry. The latest acquisition further consolidates Barentz’ position in Czech Republic and follows the acquisition of a majority share in pharmaceutical company, IMCoPharma, last year.


  • Conneco is a specialist with a proven track-record in formulating and blending ingredients for the health and nutrition industry.
  • The acquisition is aligned with Barentz’ goal to be a leader in the Czech life science industry.

With the acquisition, Barentz has taken another major step forward in the Czech Republic.

 “Conneco is an extremely well-known specialist in formulating and blending ingredients for the health and nutrition industry”, said Pavel Kratochvil, Senior Vice President of Barentz. “They have an outstanding reputation, and their proposition will create valuable synergies for Barentz.”

“With the support of Barentz we have great opportunities to expand and to internationalize Conneco’s activities,” said Sarka Hronkova, founder and owner of Conneco, who was elected in 2019 as one of the top three female entrepreneurs in the Czech Republic.”

“For us it is a great honor to work with a top entrepreneur like Sarka Hronkova, who has built up an excellent reputation in her 26-year career,” added Hidde van der Wal, CEO of Barentz. “I look forward to learning a lot from Sarka and Conneco and guiding them into the international business league.”

About Conneco s.r.o.
Conneco Chemicals s.r.o. was founded in 1994 and became a well-known specialist in formulating dietary supplements and blending ingredients for the sport nutrition, fitness & wellness, and health food markets in the Czech and Slovak Republics. In these markets, Conneco has built a leading position within the top segments, with a focus on trendy lifestyle health food markets and the dynamically fast-growing market for sport nutrition, from professional bodybuilding to a variety of other sport activities suitable for a wider public.

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About Barentz
Barentz is a leading global life science ingredients distributor for the Human Nutrition, Pharmaceutical, Personal Care and Animal Nutrition markets. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Barentz distributes ingredients for products to small- and medium-sized enterprises and large customers globally. The Group sources branded specialty ingredients from leading manufacturers worldwide and its ingredients experts provide value-added technical support (including pre-mixing, blending, ingredient formulation and ingredient testing) from its state-of-the-art, customized formulation centers and application laboratories in Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Established in 1953, Barentz has operations in more than 60 countries with a strong presence in Europe and Asia, and a growing presence in North America and Latin America. Today, the company employs around 1,100 people worldwide, sources ingredients from top global suppliers and serves over 15,000 customers.

Media contact:
Marcel Hölscher, Global Head of Marketing & Communication
marcel.holscher@barentz.com +31 (0)23 567 34 56
Saturnusstraat 15, 2132 HB Hoofddorp, The Netherlands