DSM to Acquire Vitatene

May 17, 2011

The acquisition of Vitatene allows DSM to strengthen the natural carotenoids offerings of its nutrition business as consumer demand for natural products continues to grow.

DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, has agreed to buy Vitatene, the producer of natural carotenoids, from its Italian parent company P&R Group. The acquisition of Vitatene allows DSM to strengthen the natural carotenoids offerings of its nutrition business as consumer demand for natural products continues to grow.

Vitatene produces a range of high-value natural carotenoid products derived from fermentation of the fungus Blakeslea trispora. The products are sold under the brandnames Betanat and Lyconat. The products are an addition to DSM’s current portfolio of highly functional carotenoids, ranging from beta-carotene to lutein and zeaxanthin.

 “This acquisition fits perfectly with our strategy – ‘DSM in motion: driving focused growth,’” said Leendert Staal, president and CEO of DSM Nutritional Products. “Consumer demand for natural products continues to grow. Vitatene is an excellent fit with DSM’s current product portfolio and technological capabilities and will allow us to drive the growth in natural carotenoids.”

Carlo Pizzocaro, CEO of P&R Group, said: “It is great that we have found such a strong new home for Vitatene’s business. We believe this is excellent news for our customers.

Carotenoids are naturally occurring fat-soluble pigments that are synthesized by plants, algae and photosynthetic bacteria. They are the sources of the yellow, orange, and red colours in many plants, such as the orange-red colors of oranges, tomatoes and carrots and the yellow colors of many flowers.

Carotenoids have important benefits in human health. The role of some carotenoids (such as beta-carotene) as the main dietary source of vitamin A has been well studied. In addition, potential protective effects of carotenoids against degenerative eye diseases and other deficiency-related disorders have been recognized. In addition, beta-carotene is an effective and safe natural color. The product forms available allow carotenoids to be used in dietary supplements, beverages and a wide variety of other food applications.