LONDON, May 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Europe, Univar B.V., a subsidiary of Univar Solutions Inc. (UNVR) - Get Univar Solutions, Inc. Report ("Univar Solutions"), a global chemical and ingredient distributor and provider of value-added services, announced today that it has reached an expanded agreement with Ingredion Inc. as its exclusive distributor of PureCircle's portfolio of plant-based stevia products in select countries across Europe. PureCircle's robust range of sweeteners and flavors enhance Univar Solutions' industry-leading portfolio of specialty food ingredients used in beverages, dairy and dairy-alternatives as well as sports nutrition and savory applications.
"As a valued partner for more than 20 years, we are elated to expand and strengthen our relationship with Ingredion, adding a broad portfolio of their natural stevia ingredients in Europe," said Kevin Hack, vice president of global food ingredients at Univar Solutions. "Suppliers recognize the value of our dedicated technical and sales teams who enjoy long-standing relationships with food customers and wish to innovate with ingredients like stevia products as well as find solutions that meet the ever-present demand for consumer-friendly and more sustainable ingredients."
Stevia is a zero-calorie, plant-based sweetener of natural origin, up to 350 times sweeter than sugar, and found in more than 20,000 food and beverage products globally. Ingredion provides PureCircle's stevia plant-based sweeteners and flavors, including those made with its proprietary Starleaf™ stevia plant, which optimizes taste and functionality for improved flavor and mouthfeel. Bringing together Univar Solutions' local market knowledge, technical skill and logistical support with PureCircle's integrated supply chain and application expertise will help deliver market-leading food and beverage solutions.
"Ingredion and PureCircle are excited about further strengthening our partnership with Univar Solutions," said Menno Slob, distributor manager for Ingredion. "The addition of PureCircle's product portfolio to our existing partnership allows us to service the market with an even broader range of ingredient solutions and with Univar Solutions' knowledge and expertise as a distributor along with the innovative PureCircle products we can now offer, we are positioned to give our customers the support and solutions they need to overcome their formulation challenges."
About IngredionIngredion Incorporated (INGR) - Get Ingredion Incorporated Report headquartered in the suburbs of Chicago, is a leading global ingredient solutions provider serving customers in more than 120 countries. With 2020 annual net sales of $6 billion, the Company turns grains, fruits, vegetables and other plant-based materials into value-added ingredient solutions for the food, beverage, animal nutrition, brewing and industrial markets. With Ingredion's 32 Idea Labs® innovation centers around the world and approximately 12,000 employees, the Company co-creates with customers and fulfills its purpose of bringing the potential of people, nature and technology together to make life better. Visit ingredion.com for more information and the latest company news.
About PureCircleFounded in 2002, PureCircle combines advanced R&D with full vertical integration from farm to high-quality, great-tasting innovative stevia sweeteners. PureCircle collaborates with the farmers who grow the stevia plants and with the food and beverage companies, which seek to improve their low- and no-calorie formulations using a sweetener from plants. To meet growing demand for stevia sweeteners, PureCircle has ramped up its supply capability. It completed expansion of its Malaysian stevia extract facility in March 2017, increasing its capacity to rapidly supply the newer and great-tasting specialty stevia sweeteners and to provide ever-increasing value to its customers. PureCircle has offices around the world with global headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. For more information, visit: www.purecircle.com
About Univar SolutionsUnivar Solutions (UNVR) - Get Univar Solutions, Inc. Report is a leading global specialty chemical and ingredient distributor representing a premier portfolio from the world's leading producers. With the industry's largest private transportation fleet and North American sales force, unparalleled logistics know-how, deep market and regulatory knowledge, world-class formulation 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. Univar Solutions is committed to helping customers and suppliers innovate and grow together. Learn more at UnivarSolutions.com .
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 European countries include Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK
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