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NIZO strengthens collaborative partnership with dsm-firmenich through acquisition of lactic acid facility

March 1, 2024

NIZO food research has announced the signature of a long-term contract manufacturing partnership with dsm-firmenich. This strategic alliance encompasses the acquisition of the neighboring lactic acid facility from Vika Nutrition B.V., a Givaudan group company. With this move, NIZO widens its capabilities and secures the opportunity to develop the NIZO Food Innovation Campus.

“We are very excited about the acquisition”, said Nikolaas Vles, CEO of NIZO, “because this lactic acid process was once developed by NIZO, and it is a great example how NIZO can accelerate innovative transformation processes through the combination of science and operational excellence. The transaction further underscores the strong partnership between dsm-firmenich and NIZO”.

NIZO and dsm-firmenich have been working together for approximately 30 years. “NIZO’s strong expertise in food and health research and holistic project approach have often boosted our innovation development already. This supports our belief that NIZO is the right partner for dsm-firmenich for the supply of lactic acid and for support in future R&D projects,” said Dirk Lippits, EVP Ingredient Solutions, Taste, Texture & Health.

NIZO is strategically focused on the protein transition, and recently completed a €5 million investment program to upgrade NIZO’s pilot plant for the development and upscaling of plant-based and other alternative proteins. NIZO is also offering location opportunities for start-ups and scale-ups within this domain and is working intensively with public and private partners to further develop the NIZO Food Innovation Campus. The acquisition of the adjacent site opens the door to further developing these initiatives.

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