Kalsec campus in Kalamazoo

Partnership brings access to innovative ingredient solutions to food and beverage customers in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

December 15, 2022: Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S. – Univar B.V., a subsidiary of Univar Solutions Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) (“Univar Solutions” or “the Company”), a leading global solutions provider to users of specialty ingredients and chemicals, and Kalsec®, Inc., a natural ingredient solution provider for the food and beverage industry, today announced they have reached an exclusive agreement for Univar Solutions to distribute Kalsec’s natural taste & sensory, colors, and food protection ingredient solutions for savory applications in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

“The growing relationship between Univar Solutions and Kalsec illustrates our strength in and commitment to the savory sector. By bringing Kalsec’s complete line of natural extracts, colors, and food protection ingredient solutions to our significant customer base in the United Kingdom and Ireland, we’re helping shape the future of food through ingredient innovation and recipe development,” said Kevin Hack, global vice president of food ingredients for Univar Solutions. “Adding these innovative and high-quality ingredients to our portfolio in this region, along with our best-in-class service, technical expertise, and reliable and resilient supply chain, we can further help our customers bring their product vision to life.”

With this exclusive authorization, Univar Solutions continues to strengthen its ingredients portfolio, already working closely with Kalsec in other European countries such as Poland and the Nordics, and Latin American countries including Mexico. Univar Solutions is committed to working with premier suppliers like Kalsec, a certified B Corp, that meets the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.

“Kalsec is delighted to expand our relationship and distribution agreement with Univar Solutions in Europe,” said James Smith, vice president and managing director-Europe, for Kalsec. “In addition to optimizing our route-to-market and serving new customers in the United Kingdom and Ireland, it also supports our purpose of unlocking the potential of people, nature, and science to nourish the world.”

In today’s rapidly changing food industry, Univar Solutions recognizes the need to be at the forefront of food ingredient innovation. Whether keeping pace with market trends, meeting consumer demand for transparency, or providing more sustainable solutions, sourcing, and products, the team of skilled chefs and culinary and technical food scientists offer a competitive advantage by providing extensive research and product development at global Solution Centers. From specialty ingredient innovations to recipe testing and sustainable product development, food brands are increasingly relying on Univar Solutions for help with research and development, problem-solving, and technical innovation.

For more information about Univar Solutions’ food ingredients business, visit univarsolutions.com/foodology.

For more information about Kalsec’s portfolio of solutions and its commitment to unlocking the potential of people, nature, and science to nourish the world, visit kalsec.com.

About Univar Solutions
Univar Solutions (NYSE: UNVR) is leading global commodity and specialty chemical distributor representing a premier portfolio from the world’s leading producers. With the industry’s largest private transportation fleet and technical sales force, unparalleled logistics know-how, deep market and regulatory knowledge, formulation and recipe development, and leading digital tools, the Company is well-positioned to offer tailored solutions and value-added services to a wide range of markets, industries, and applications. While fulfilling its purpose to help keep communities healthy, fed, clean and safe, Univar Solutions is committed to helping customers and suppliers innovate and focus on Growing Together. Learn more at univarsolutions.com.
About Kalsec, Inc.
Kalsec, Inc provides innovative taste and sensory, natural food protection, natural colors, and advanced hops solutions to the food and beverage industries. We capture the best nature has to offer and utilize over 60 years of experience and industry leading innovation to make food and beverage products look better, taste better, and last longer. Family owned and headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan since 1958, Kalsec has regional offices, laboratories and sales teams in North America, Europe, and Asia. As a certified B Corp, Kalsec makes ethical and sustainable decisions that serve our customers, employees, communities, and the environment. We are proud to be using our business as a force for good.
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