D.D. Williamson, Louisville, Ky., has acquired the Dinesen Trading Co., Port
Washington, Wis. The acquisition of the natural color manufacturer will broaden
the range of food and beverage color products available from D.D. Williamson.
The company will operate Dinesen’s color manufacturing facility in Wisconsin
as the central source for its expanded natural colors operation. The D.D. Williamson
spectrum of natural colors will now feature annatto, turmeric, paprika and carmine,
in addition to the elderberry and chokeberry products acquired through its July
acquisition of the natural colors business of Artemis International Inc.
Degussa AG, Dusseldorf, Germany, has agreed to sell
its food ingredients operations to Cargill, Minneapolis, for $670 million.
The Degussa management board decided in August 2004 to divest its food
ingredient business in order to provide it with the opportunity for further
development into a leading global position. After selling the fruit systems
activities in early 2005, today the Degussa food ingredients business unit
consists of the texturant systems and flavors business lines.
In December, Chr. Hansen, Milwaukee, Wis., and Mengniu
Dairy, China’s No. 1 milk producer, hosted an international workshop
on healthy probiotic bacteria in Beijing. More than 120 visitors, including
Chinese and overseas scientific experts and business partners, heard about
new research results and the future of probiotic bacteria in China.