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Freudenberg Invests in Food Industry Additives
Illinois Ag Connection - 10/09/2017

Freudenberg, the global technology company, is expanding its business in the food industry, specifically in confectionery. Capol GmbH, Elmshorn, Germany, a company that belongs to the Freudenberg Chemical Specialities Business Group, has announced the acquisition of Colarôme Inc. of Saint Hubert, Canada -- a specialist in natural food additives -- with immediate effect. The company holds production technology patents that enable the manufacture of a unique line of natural pigments. In addition to colorings, Colarôme also manufactures flavorings and natural vanilla extracts. The company has 17 employees. The transaction includes the acquisition of a Colarôme production facility in Canada. The acquisition is an important step in the long-term development of Capol's global business.

"Additives for the food industry are an attractive market segment in the long-term. Having Colarôme now in our portfolio, we will be able to strategically develop this business segment," says Hanno D. Wentzler, President and CEO of Freudenberg Chemical Specialities. "Both Capol and Colarôme have very similar business models, so we expect a swift integration into Capol," he said.

Capol and Colarôme are well-known for their expert know-how in specific segments of the food industry, particularly in the confectionery market. Capol products serve all applications of the confectionery industry requiring surface treatment. The company supplies anti-sticking agents for gums and jellies, as well as glazes and polishing agents for sugar dragees and chocolate-coated centers.

"For Capol, the acquisition generates substantial synergy effects. We will be even better able to offer and develop products that precisely meet our customers' requirements. The acquisition is a further step to expanding our position as an industry leader for coatings in the confectionery industry," explains Christian Hauk, CEO of Capol GmbH.

Headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Deerfield, Capol LLC is the company's North American subsidiary.

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