Indena sells cosmetic business to focus on pharma and health food

The botanical developer has not only sold the business to Givaudan, but has also entered into a manufacturing and innovation partnership with the company

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Indena, the Italian provider of identification, development and production of active principles derived from plants, for use in the pharmaceutical, health-food and personal care industries, has reached an agreement to sell its cosmetics business to Givaudan. In order to sustain this acquisition process, the two companies are entering a manufacturing and innovation partnership to support a key role in the active cosmetics industry.

Headquartered in Switzerland with local presence in almost 150 locations, Givaudan is a flavour and fragrance company involved in Active Beauty. In close collaboration with cosmetics, food and beverage, consumer product and fragrance partners, Givaudan develops ingredients that delight consumers all over the world.

“We believe that Givaudan, with its very long history and tradition in innovating taste and scent, coupled with its strong commercial presence, is the right partner to further strengthen this business in the future,” said Daniele Giavini, Managing Director of Indena. “Givaudan’s culture and its knowledge of natural cosmetic ingredients, as well as the use of the latest sustainable biotechnologies to create high performing functional products, fit well with the philosophy we have consistently adopted at Indena throughout our history.”

In order to sustain this acquisition process the two companies are entering a manufacturing and innovation partnership

Giavini explained that the transaction enables Indena to focus on its core markets, Pharmaceuticals and Health-food, whilst continuing to support the cosmetic ingredients business which has been a valuable part of the portfolio.

Based on the long term partnership agreement signed by Indena and Givaudan, Indena will continue to manufacture ingredients for Givaudan and to provide innovation capabilities and other supporting services. This partnership will allow both companies to enhance their capabilities and to focus on their respective core competencies, a win-win strategy to the benefit of customers and consumers.

Maurizio Volpi, President of Givaudan’s Fragrance Division said: “The acquisition of the cosmetics business of Indena fits very well with our long term strategy for Active Beauty.”

Volpi added: “It offers Active Beauty an expanded portfolio of plant-based ingredients that nicely complement our current portfolio.”

The transaction is expected to close in Q1 2020.

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