Chr. Hansen acquires HSO Health Care

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Will strengthen and expand Chr. Hansen’s global microbial platform

The acquisition of HSO Health Care GmbH cements Denmark headquartered company Chr. Hansen’s long-term commitment to its probiotics business, and the fast-growing category for women’s health, where scientifically proven probiotic solutions are becoming increasingly popular among consumers

Chr. Hansen and HSO Health has entered into an agreement, under which Chr. Hansen will acquire HSO Health Care. The acquisition of the Austria-based B2B company specializing in probiotics for women’s health will strengthen and expand Chr. Hansen’s global microbial platform.

This acquisition is aligned with the strategy of pursuing bolt-on acquisitions that fit into the microbial platform, as outlined in the Nature’s no.1 strategy.

The transaction will be finalized later this week.

Mauricio Graber, CEO of Chr. Hansen, said: “I am excited that we have reached an agreement with HSO Health Care, which has demonstrated very fast growth through a globally recognized portfolio that complements our own UREX™ products nicely. Women’s health is a high-growth segment where innovation is becoming increasingly important, and with the addition of the Astarte™ portfolio we will be able to deliver innovation to a much larger market more quickly.”

Helmut Essl, CEO of HSO Health Care GmbH, said: “HSO Health Care has been working from a mindset of scientifically documented, natural products since our inception, and we are delighted that with the addition of the Astarte™ products to Chr. Hansen, we can make an even greater impact on a global scale. I am very excited that Chr. Hansen will now bring Astarte™ to the next level.”

A scientific approach to common urogenital discomforts

Urogenital discomfort is a concern for women all over the world who are increasingly looking for intimate care products based on natural ingredients. This has driven the category for women’s health to be among the fastest-growing in the probiotics market.

Mauricio Graber concludes; “Chr. Hansen is committed to keep unleashing the Power of Good Bacteria, and I am proud that we will now strengthen our offering of probiotic concepts for women that can help to enable a balanced female microbiota, ultimately contributing to their well-being and quality of life.”

Under the terms of the agreement the details of the transaction will not be disclosed.


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