Royal DSM to acquire CSK

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Royal DSM, a global science-based company in nutrition, health and sustainable living, will acquire 100% of specialty dairy solutions provider Koninklijke CSK Food Enrichment C.V. (“CSK”) for about €150 million.

Customers are increasingly looking for solution providers with a broad portfolio of offerings and deep expertise to support them in delivering differentiating, delicious and sustainable end products to consumers. The combination of DSM’s dairy business and CSK will be even better able to serve those needs, and well-placed to address the fast-growing and attractive dairy cultures markets.

With the acquisition of CSK, DSM will further strengthen its product portfolio and application know-how and expertise in food & beverage, in particular in the complementary areas of taste, texture and bio-preservation solutions for semi-hard cheeses such as Gouda and Edam.

The transaction will include CSK’s state-of-the-art dairy application centre in Wageningen, and its high-tech fermentation facility in Leeuwarden, both in the Netherlands, providing additional production capacity for a range of products in Europe.

Patrick Niels, DSM food specialties president, said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming CSK to DSM. Our companies have a great fit together, with shared passion for dairy, skilled and dedicated people, and complementary solution portfolios. This is also a testament to DSM’s commitment to the dairy industry, which we support throughout our Nutrition businesses.

“Today’s dairy needs are constantly changing, and DSM continues to invest in enabling customers to keep satisfying consumer demand, helping them grow their business, while we grow ours in line with our purpose-led, performance-driven strategy. The acquisition of CSK will greatly strengthen our ability to do so.”

Sanne Melles, CEO of Royal CSK, said: “In DSM, we recognise the opportunity for CSK to make the leap forward that we were looking for. Our combined capabilities will accelerate our international growth ambition and enhance our innovative offerings to the dairy industry”.

The two companies share a long history of serving food and beverage markets, with deep roots in the Netherlands. CSK has a track record of Dutch heritage semi-hard cheese cultures of more than 100 years since its foundation in 1905, while in 2019 DSM celebrates 150 years of fermentation and biotechnology innovation at its site in Delft.

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