BASF, a supplier of synthetic aromatic ingredients, BASF announces the entry into the market of natural ingredients for Aromas and Fragrances composition with the acquisition of Isobionics, a Dutch biotechnology company that develops and produces a wide range of natural ingredients for the Aromas market. and Fragrances, focusing on components of citrus oils such as nootkatone and valencene. BASF has also signed a cooperation agreement with Conagen, a biotechnology research company, with which it will be able to supply the market with natural vanillin, one of the most demanded aromatic ingredients in the market.

The move signals BASF’s goal to advance biotechnology-based aromatic ingredient technology by combining its own R&D excellence and broad market access with the know-how and expertise of Isobionics and Conagen.

Melanie Maas-Brunner, head of BASF’s Nutrition and Health division says: “Reflecting the potential for changing consumer habits and the scarcity of natural ingredients, strengthening our biotechnology footprint plays a central role in BASF’s strategy.

“The Flavor and Fragrance industry is experiencing a growing demand for natural ingredients,” says Julia Raquet, Global Vice President, BASF’s Aromatic Ingredients business. ”

“However, varying the quality, availability and sustainability of natural raw materials is a constant challenge for our customers. By entering the market with biotech aromatic ingredients, we aim to offer our customers high quality products that meet today’s challenges. ”

Isobionics and all its employees will be part of BASF’s Aromatic Ingredients business.

The natural vanillin that BASF will initially market is produced with ferulic acid from rice and therefore called Natural Vanillin F. With its clean vanillin characteristic, it is ideal for all aromatic applications such as chocolate, strawberry and caramel.

Conagen has strong R&D and marketing skills for fermented ingredients. Fermentation is an ancient cultural technique, well-established for brewing processes and bread production. It uses microorganisms such as bacteria or fungi to convert one substance into another.