Sensient Technologies has bought Canadian ingredients company Mazza Innovation to boost its botanical extraction capabilities.
Wisconsin-based Sensient said that the addition of the firm is a major step in the evolution of its “seed to shelf” strategy to innovate across the value chain for natural and organic ingredients.
Mazza, which is located in Vancouver, is a specialist in plant extraction technology. Sensient added that the deal will enable it to meet customer demand for pure ingredients in its food and beverage, nutraceutical, and personal care products.
Sensient Technologies CEO Paul Manning said: “This acquisition is extremely significant for Sensient and our customers. The combination of our colour and flavor expertise and Mazza’s revolutionary technology will allow us to conduct extraction from natural plant sources using environmentally-friendly extraction methods – including water only extractions – instead of traditional chemical solvents.
“This technology will enable us to work with leading food, cosmetics, and nutraceutical brands to create cost-effective, clean-label products that deliver on consumer expectations for taste, colour, and functionality.”
Last year, Mazza announced it would expand its plant extract production facility in Delta, British Colombia, following an investment of CAD 1.1 million ($820,000) from the Canadian government.
Speaking after the investment, Mazza Innovation president Benjamin Lightburn said: “This investment will help us meet demand for our ingredients and services from personal care, food supplement and food manufacturing companies worldwide.”
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