Food division manager Albert Adroer told FoodNavigator: "In the last two years we have embarked on a new business line beyond the distribution of additives: the design, production and marketing of premixes and food solutions. Our main goal is to offer solutions of greater added value and for that reason we developed our own products and provide our clients with consultancy services and made-to-measure technical support.
"One of the main investment to foster this business line has been our new R&D centre, in the logistics area of the port of Barcelona."
Fresh out of this lab and launched earlier this month is its range of E number-free meat preservatives, Blend-a-Kern CFX, CEX and CCI for cured meats; fresh processed meats such as hamburgers or sausages; and cooked meats such as hot dogs or ham.
The facility has two pilot plants and, in addition to meat products, will develop ingredients for dairy products, beverages, pastries, bread and sauces. More launches are to be expected in 2017, Adroer added.
The firm has also set its sights on expanding geographically. Currently, sales in Spain make up 36.4% of its business with the rest of Europe accounting for 31.3%, Latin America for 28.7% and other countries just 3.6%.
But this week’s announcement - the acquisition of Mexican ingredient firm Cytecsa which manufactures premixes and technological solutions for the milk, cheese and ice cream industries – demonstrates the company's global ambitions, it says.
“We are always attentive to the market opportunities. Europe and Latin America are key markets for us in the near future. The Mexican market is important and it will help us to open the doors to the US market as well,” said Adroer.
Founded in 1962, Indukern reported an aggregated turnover of €501 million in 2015 and has subsidiaries in Brazil, China, Colombia, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland and Turkey.
It recently inked a deal with Lycored for the distribution rights of the Israeli supplier’s natural colourants, food ingredients and fortifiers in Portugal, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.