Univar and Kalsec Expand Food Ingredients Business in Colombia

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Specialty ingredients and chemical distributor Univar Solutions Colombia and Kalsec Inc., a natural ingredients supplier to the food and beverage industry, have entered into an exclusive distribution agreement for Kalsec’s full food ingredients product range in Colombia. Univar customers in the South American country now have access to a broader range of ingredient innovations focused on taste and sensory solutions, natural colors and coloring foodstuffs, and food protection business units.

“This agreement builds upon our successful existing partnership with Kalsec in Europe and Mexico, enhances our value in core technical applications, and illustrates our continued commitment to sustainability,” said Kevin Hack, global vice president of food ingredients for Downers Grove, Illinois, USA-headquartered Univar Solutions. “We are excited to introduce Colombian customers to Kalsec’s complete line of naturally sourced extracts, colors and antioxidants, providing them with the opportunity to use these ingredients to develop innovative food and beverage products.”

In addition to providing an expansive portfolio of specialty food ingredients, Univar supports customers looking to meet consumer demands for high-quality ingredients to develop clean label food products. Kalsec’s products, encompassing a full line of natural and high-quality innovative ingredients, provide solutions to meet the challenges faced by food and beverage manufacturers globally. Both companies support the latest food trends such as clean label, plant-based alternatives, and healthy ingredients, and are fully committed to sustainable practices and meeting environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals.

“Collaboration with industry leaders like Kalsec helps drive more sustainable food and beverage solutions for the technical challenges facing the future of the food industry in South America and beyond,” said Jorge Buckup, president of Latin America for Univar Solutions.

In business since 1958, Kalamazoo, Michigan-headquartered Kalsec has been operating in Colombia for more than a decade. The family-owned company has regional offices, laboratories and sales teams in North America, Europe, and Asia.