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Givaudan to Acquire Vika

Givaudan to Acquire Vika
July 20
09:21 2017

Givaudan, the global leader in flavours and fragrances, is acquiring Vika to strengthen its portfolio of natural dairy solutions. Vika offers a range of natural dairy ingredients, fonds and stocks, as well as meat and plant based extracts to customers in the food and beverage industry. With headquarters in the Netherlands, Vika also has facilities in Belgium, the UK, and New Zealand, employing globally over 200 employees.

Gilles Andrier, CEO of Givaudan, says: “Expanding our offering in naturals is a key priority for Givaudan in the context of our 2020 strategy. Vika’s products, technologies and talent will strengthen our existing capabilities and our ability to develop new taste solutions. We are delighted to welcome Vika’s employees to our Company and are confident that their industry expertise will accelerate Givaudan’s position with existing and new customers.”

Mauricio Graber, President of Givaudan’s Flavour Division, says: “Savoury and dairy are two categories where consumers feel all-natural ingredients are important and it is our aim to keep strengthening our offering in these sectors. We look forward to leveraging Vika’s expertise which will complement our own heritage and knowledge in extraction, fermentation and concentration of natural ingredients, opening up new market opportunities for both companies.”

While terms of the deal have not been disclosed, Vika’s business would have represented approximately Eur64 million of incremental sales to Givaudan’s results in 2016 on a pro forma basis. Givaudan plans to fund the transaction from existing resources. The planned acquisition remains subject to formal approvals from the relevant antitrust authorities. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2017.

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