PAI Partners is New Owner of Chr. Hansen

Chr. Hansen’s new owner is the leading European private equity firm PAI Partners. Their intention is to use Chr. Hansen as platform for growth, which could happen through continued expansion of geographic market coverage, and investment in capacity and R&D, as well as potential add-on acquisitions.

Chr. Hansen’s new CEO, former Executive Vice President of Business Operations, Lars Frederiksen, is excited about the opportunities that the new ownership will open for both the company and its customers.

“I see some very interesting perspectives ahead,” says Lars Frederiksen, who has been with the company for almost 25 years. “Our new owner has clearly stated that Chr. Hansen will be the platform for further growth in a consolidating market. It means that the Chr. Hansen brand will continue, the headquarters will remain in Denmark, and that we basically will follow our strategy as it is laid out today, only with more focus on growth - both organically and perhaps through acquisitions. That makes me a very proud new CEO.”

Lars Frederiksen will lead the company, together with the existing management team of Leif Nørgaard (CFO), Hans Thorkilgaard (Executive Vice President, Global Production and Supply) and Peter Olesen (CSO).

Invests in strong companies
PAI Partners has a long tradition of investing in well run companies with growth and solid cash flow.

“We strongly believe that Chr. Hansen is a world-class company with a strong and excellent management,” said PAI Partners, who will pay DKK 8.2 billion (EUR 1.1 billion) for the ingredient business. “Chr. Hansen enjoys market leading positions in fast-growing markets and a widely recognized technological edge. We fully support the company’s strategy and look forward to helping management grow the business in the years to come.”

Chr. Hansen is a worldwide leader in natural ingredients to the food industry with global market leadership positions in cultures, enzymes, and natural colors, as well as strong positions in flavor solutions, and health and nutrition products for humans and animals.

Organization continues
Chr. Hansen will consequently continue its operation in its present form and with its present organization.

“I see this as a big opportunity for both Chr. Hansen and our customers,” says David R. Carpenter, President and CEO of Chr. Hansen in North America. “We look forward to continuing the strong cooperation and partnership in the market place in the future. We are excited to have PAI Partners as our new owner, and this will allow us to develop value-added products and systems to meet our local customer needs.”

Operating from facilities in thirty countries worldwide, Chr. Hansen is a global biotechnology company that provides ingredients to the food, dairy, human health and nutrition, and animal health industries. Based on intensive research, Chr. Hansen works to improve the quality of food and health for people all over the world. The company is a primary supplier of cultures, probiotics, enzymes, colors, flavors, seasonings, sweeteners, and tablet coatings and excipients, which are applied in foods and beverages, pharmaceuticals, dietary supplements, and agricultural products. For more information, visit

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