Nexira acquires Unipektin Ingredients

The acquisition is part of Nexira’s growth and diversification strategy to strengthen its core business: the production of plant-based ingredients for a variety of food product categories.

Nexira (Somerville, NJ) has acquired Swiss-based Unipektin Ingredients AG, a specialist in natural hydrocolloids and premium ingredients. The acquisition is part of Nexira’s growth and diversification strategy to strengthen its core business: the production of plant-based ingredients for a variety of food product categories.

“This acquisition consolidates our position as a key player in natural plant-based ingredients – a dynamic market that caters to consumers seeking new sensory experiences and plant-based, natural, sustainably produced alternatives,” explains Olivier Houalla, Nexira managing director, in a press release. The addition of a new range of functional ingredients to its portfolio consolidates Nexira’s leadership in the fast-growing segments of plant-based alternatives, dairy alternatives, and meat substitutes.

Unipektin Ingredients specializes in the production of locust bean gum used for its thickening and stabilizing properties. Its product range also includes tara gum, hydrolyzed guar gum, and beet fiber, to name a few.

“After a successful diversification, providing a wide range of premium and branded botanical extracts to the health and nutrition markets, we are affirming our external growth strategy with the acquisition of a 100% equity interest in Unipekin Ingredients AG. This new acquisition consolidates our position as an undisputed and independent world leader in natural ingredients for Food and Nutrition,” states Mathieu Dondain, Nexira general manager.