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Roquette inks agreement to acquire 100% of caramel colour co Sethness
Thursday, 12 July, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
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Roquette, a global leader in plant-based ingredients for food, nutrition and health markets, recently announced that it had signed an agreement to acquire 100 per cent of Sethness Products Company, the global leader in the production of high-quality caramel colour for food and beverage markets.

As a family business founded in the United States in 1880 and headquartered in Skokie, Illinois, Sethness Products Company and Roquette share the values of product excellence and long-term vision. For over 135 years, the company has solely focused on the production of caramel colour and offers the highest-quality products on the market today.

Sethness provides a large selection of caramel colours (in the liquid and powdered forms) as well as a variety of clean-label caramel colour options [non-genetically-modified organisms (GMO), certified organic, gluten-free, allergen-free, etc.].

Its four manufacturing facilities, located in the United States, France, India and China, supply the world’s leading food and beverage companies. In addition to their shared family values, Roquette and Sethness have a strong partnership as they operate two successful joint ventures (JVs) in France and China.

The closing of the acquisition of Sethness is expected to occur in the third quarter of 2018. The closing remains subject to the fulfillment of certain conditions and, until then, Sethness remains 100 per cent owned and managed by the existing shareholders.

Jean-Marc Gilson, chief executive officer, Roquette, said, “This acquisition will help accelerate Roquette’s growth plan in the food and beverage market, and further drive value for our customers.”

“We have been very happy to successfully partner with Sethness in France and China for years. We are looking forward to working with their talented teams to continue addressing customers’ current and future needs everywhere in the world,” he added.

Chuck Sethness, representative of the Sethness family, said, “Today is an important day in our long history. Over the past 135 years, our family-owned company has strived to offer the highest quality caramel color products to the most recognised players in the food and beverage industry.”

“I am pleased that Roquette, a Group with which we share common values and a long-term vision, will now continue to leverage on the strong assets of both companies to reinforce its relationships with clients for the benefit of consumers globally,” he added.
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