Degussa Texturant Systems, a business unit of the German Degussa Health & Nutrition Division, this week reported an upward trend in sales with a 6 per cent progression in 2001 to €297 million. The unit sells a range of nature-based stabilising products (hydrocolloids, blends, emulsifiers) for all areas of the food industry and in a growing number of cosmetic, pharmaceutical and miscellaneous technical applications.
The company cited the integration of ITAL, the Mexican market leader in texturising food ingredients, purchased in the second half of 2000, as the main reason for the improvement in sales. In addition, Degussa Texturant Systems acquired the company Voyer Spolska z. o.o. in Kalisz, Poland, at the end of 2001 in a bid to strengthen its worldwide presence. This recent Polish acquisition specialises in blends for the meat, dairy, fruit and confectionery industries. The company hopes that this purchase should substantially raise the volume of sales in the fast growing Eastern European markets.
Degussa Texturant reported that its xanthan and scleroglucan biopolymers producing site in Normandy, France came on stream at the start of 2001. The company stressed however that the first of 2001 was largely dedicated to ensuring a smooth transition from the former to the new company name and identity, following the merger between SKW Trostberg and Degussa-Hüls in February 2001.