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BASF restructures its nutrition ingredients business

Thursday, July 21, 2022

BASF’s Nutrition & Health division is strengthening its position as an ingredients partner for the animal nutrition and human nutrition industries by combining the strategic and operational responsibility in one global business unit, Nutrition Ingredients. In doing so, the focus will be on leveraging and further strengthening core product platforms and assets for vitamins and carotenoids that are deeply rooted in the BASF Verbund as well as expanding the business with feed enzymes.

In 2021, BASF completed an investment in a vitamin A plant expansion in Ludwigshafen, Germany to enhance vitamin A supply and will now expand its world-scale vitamin A formulation plant for animal nutrition with a start-up scheduled in mid-2023. Moreover, in January 2022, BASF has expanded the production capacity of its feed enzymes plant in Ludwigshafen, which will further support the growth plans of customers in the animal nutrition industry.

“We have a leading position as a strong partner in nutrition, flavor, fragrance and pharma markets. We need to evolve by tailoring our business portfolio with growth investments into our core value chains, technology and R&D capabilities to meet sustainability needs and address the challenges of climate change,” said Anup Kothari, president, Nutrition & Health.

The new Nutrition Ingredients global business unit based in Germany will build on large-scale product platforms supported by the division’s technology leadership and will be led by senior vice president Julia Raquet.

BASF will continue to serve its customers in animal and human nutrition with dedicated teams. Beyond vitamins and carotenoids, feed enzymes will focus on high-quality ingredients to support animal nutrition customers in maximizing the nutritional value of feed.

Expansion of vitamin A plant

BASF is strengthening its market position in vitamin A by expanding its world-scale formulation capacities at its Verbund site in Ludwigshafen. The state-of-the art facility, which is fully integrated into vitamin production at the site, will support and further expand the production of high-quality vitamin A powder products for the animal nutrition industry. Start-up is planned for mid-2023 and will increase BASF’s vitamin A powder formulation capacities in line with the increased vitamin A acetate production capacity.  

With the expansion of the formulation plant, BASF is further enhancing its vitamin A production footprint. Close integration of the powder plant facility into the BASF Verbund will additionally ensure a best-in-class CO2 footprint and an efficient use of resources.

“Our commitment to the vitamin A market remains strong,” said Julia Raquet, senior vice president of the new global business unit Nutrition Ingredients. “This investment is part of our new operating model, leveraging and further strengthening core product platforms of our nutrition ingredients business. It underlines our ambition to meet market demands for vitamin A in the long term and ensures reliable, high-quality supply to our customers.”


Photo caption: The citral plant at BASF's site in Ludwigshafen provides the key building block for BASF's fine chemicals: Citral is a starting material for vitamins A and E as well as for carotenoids and a variety of aroma chemicals.


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