June 15 2017, David R Brown
Azelis acquires LCH A/S to establish a leading position in the Nordic food ingredients market
Azelis has agreed to acquire Danish distributor of food ingredients and own-brand blends, LCH A/S. Mainly dedicated to serving customers in Denmark, all 16 employees of LCH and its Turkish subsidiary Inno Gida will join Azelis.
The acquisition of LCH immediately doubles the Azelis Nordic Food business, making us a leading food distributor in the regionAnna Bertona
Azelis CEO EMEA
LCH has a strong position in selling functional ingredients and own blends primarily to the Danish food industry and is a trusted partner of the largest bakery customers in Denmark. The company offers innovative products such as organic, preservative-free and protein-rich ingredients and mixes. Like Azelis, LCH strongly focuses on innovation and is committed to targeted product development, which allows rapid response to key market trends that drive growth in the bakery industry.
Ms. Anna Bertona, Azelis CEO EMEA, comments on the deal: &ldquoWe are excited about this acquisition as LCH’s product portfolio is complementary to the current Azelis Nordic Food business. Together we will cover the main food applications markets, such as bakery, confectionery, ingredients and meat & fish. Furthermore, the acquisition of LCH immediately doubles the Azelis Nordic Food business, making us a leading food distributor in the region.”
Mr. Gert Schnoor, LCH CEO, adds: “Azelis and LCH share the same values as well as a focus on innovation, value creation and growth through relationships with carefully selected partners. We are truly satisfied with the deal, since it clearly opens up new opportunities for the LCH team and will allow our business model to expand into new territories. We will become part of a larger, strong, international organisation that offers greater development opportunities on many fronts.”
Mr. Schnoor will become the new Managing Director for the combined Azelis Nordic organisation. He replaces Mr. Andrew Johnson, who has successfully led Azelis Nordics for years and will now relocate to the UK.
The acquisition of LCH endorses the commitment of Azelis' major shareholders – funds advised by Apax Partners – to support the business's growth in the speciality food ingredients and chemical segment.
Azelis is a leading global specialty chemicals distributor providing a wide range of products and services to over 20,000 customers in the personal care, pharma, food and health, animal nutrition, homecare and industrial cleaning, coatings, lubricants and metal working fluids, rubber & plastic additives and chemicals industries. Azelis has a turnover of around €1.5 billion and employs around 1,500 people located in more than 45 facilities in 40 countries across across the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific.
Source(s): Azelis Press Release