Döhler Group Acquires SVZ in The Netherlands

Döhler Group, a German global producer, marketer, and provider of technology-driven natural ingredients, custom ingredients, and integrated solutions, acquired SVZ, a food ingredients supplier based in the Netherlands, on July 20, 2023. SVZ’s previous owner, Royal Cosun, had said it was looking for a buyer, and the Döhler acquisition responds to the consumer trend for healthier nutrition.

Transaction Summary

The Facts of the Acquisition

  • Target: SVZ is a supplier of high-quality fruit and vegetable ingredients to the food and beverage manufacturing sector. It is based in the Netherlands.
  • Acquirer: Döhler Group supplies everything from healthier to plant-based ingredients, colors, and flavors to food and beverage manufacturers. Based in Germany, the company has more than 45 production sites and 75 offices in more than 160 countries.

Our Take on the Acquisition

SVZ (target) supplies fruit and vegetable ingredients to food and drink manufacturers worldwide. It has production sites in Europe and the United States and a tropical fruit ingredients subsidiary, Netra Agro, in Breda, Netherlands. The acquisition sees Döhler take over SVZ’s production sites in Belgium, Poland, Spain, and the United States, which will allow for expansion in the United States and Japan. 

Döhler Group (acquirer) is looking to expand its division in the United States, where it sees higher demand. It will be able to integrate SVZ’s U.S. locations to supply Döhler’s other business segments. It may also be looking to diversify revenue sources away from Europe, which has a challenging economic outlook and heightened uncertainty.

The Transaction

Date:July, 20, 2023
Purpose: To expand operations in the United States.
Acquirer’s Statement:Katharina Wallace, marketing manager at Döhler Group – “SVZ is based on a passionate expert team and this is an acquisition for growth, hence our plan is to retain employees. Döhler has sales and innovation offices in both countries and operates two plants in the US for flavor, tea ingredients and integrated solutions. This acquisition will localize fruit and vegetable production in the US.”

Target/Seller: SVZ

Company Information

Target:National Choice Bakery
Industry: Food Manufacturing – Baked Goods
Employees:57 (Self-published on LinkedIn)
Locations:Head Office: Stadionstraat 40, 4815 NG Breda, Netherlands

Factory #1: Gammel 85, 2310 Rijkevorsel, Belgium

Factory #2: ul. Lwowska 128, 22-600 Tomaszow Lubelski, Poland

Factory #3: Ctra Almonte-El Roci Km 9.5, Poligono Industrial, Matalagrana, 21730 Almonte, Huelva, Spain

United States
Factory #4: 1700 N. Broadway Othello, Washington, United States

Product Information 

Products:IQF – “Individually Quick Frozen” range of 100% natural fruit ingredients, such as blackcurrant, blueberry, cherry, raspberry, and strawberry
Juice Concentrates – Made from 100% fruits and vegetables after removing the natural water content
NFC Juices – Not-from-concentrate specialty juices with the natural flavor and nutrition of the original fruit or vegetable
Single Strength Puree – Pureeing the edible part of a fruit or vegetable without removing the juice or fiber
Puree Concentrate – Puree with water partially extracted
Market Reach:Europe
United States

Financial Information 

Revenue:USD $112.6 million (Unconfirmed Source: ZoomInfo)
Revenue per Employee:USD $518,894 (i.e., USD $112.6 million / 217 employees = USD $518,894 – estimated based on the self-reported number of employees and the revenue from ZoomInfo)

Did You Know?

“Natural” on food labels is neither defined nor regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, even though the agency regulates and supervises food production. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in contrast, defines natural as “A product containing no artificial ingredient or added color and is only minimally processed. Minimal processing means that the product was processed in a manner that does not fundamentally alter the product.” It says the label must state the meaning of the term natural, such as “no artificial ingredients.”

Target/Seller Overview: SVZ

SVZ supplies high-quality fruit and vegetable ingredients to food and drink manufacturers around the world. Its long heritage in agricultural supply and accredited sustainability initiatives ensure a consistent, premium-quality ingredient supply. With more than 100 years of experience in global fruit and vegetable agribusiness, SVZ represents quality leadership throughout the supply chain. Headquartered in Breda, Netherlands, SVZ has state-of-the-art production facilities in Belgium, Poland, Spain, and the United States, where it has built strong partnerships with local growers to ensure fruit and vegetables are cultivated, harvested, and processed to the highest standards.  Strategically positioned at the heart of the fruit and vegetable supply chain, SVZ is committed to enacting positive, sustainable change in the fruit and vegetable ingredient industry by “Growing better, together.”


Buyer/Acquirer: Döhler Group

Company Information

Buyer:Döhler Group
Industry: Food and Beverage Manufacturing
Employees:9,500 (Source: company website)
Locations:Head Office: 7-9 Riedstrasse, Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany

Regional Office #1: Unit 9, Macquarie Link, 277 Cove Road, Macquarie Park, New South Wales, Australia

Regional Office #2: Floridsdorfer Hauptstraße 1, 1210 Wien, Austria

Regional Office #3: Rua Miguel Guidotti, 905 Chacara Baiana, CEP – Limeira-SP, Brazil

Regional Office #4: Lot 1714 Fidjrosse, 01 BP 851, Cotonou, Benin

Regional Office #5: 8, Vsevolod Garshin Str, 1619 Sofia, Bulgaria

Czech Republic
Regional Office #6: Nad Sutkou 1811/12, Praha 8, Czech Republic

Regional Office #7: Hestehaven 3, DK-5260 Odense, Denmark
Regional Office #8: Tune Erhvervspark, Tune Parkvej 5, Tune, Denmark

Regional Office #9: Engineering Square – North Expansion, 6th of October City, Egypt

Regional Office #10: 3 rue de Brennus, Saint-Denis, France

Regional Office #11: Lalechou 2, Neo Psychiko, Athens, Greece

Regional Office #12: 11 Ertos Str. Tbilisi, Georgia

Regional Office #13: Vasút utca 42, Kerepes, Hungary

Regional Office #14: Plot No. 3, Survey No. 295 Raisoni Industrial Park, Hinjewadi Pune, India

Regional Office #15: Jagat Building, 3A, JL. Tomang Raya No.28 Kel. Jatipulo, KEC. PA, Jakarta Bar, Indonesia

Regional Office #16: Via Primo Maggio, 56, Vallecrosia (IM) Italy

Regional Office #17: Unizo Nihonbashi-Tomizawa Cho Bldg 5F, 7-13 Nihonbashi-Tomizawa Cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Regional Office #18: ul. Bartogaiskay 24, 050061 Almaty, Kazakhstan

Regional Office #19: Ruaka Grove, Runda Estate, Muthaiga, Nairobi, Kenya

Regional Office #20: Bayangol District, 2nd Khoroo, Seoul Street, 45/5 building, 602 Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Regional Office #21: Albusstraat 5, 4900 AE Oosterhout, Netherlands

New Zealand
Regional Office #22: 224 Waihi Road, Judea, Tauranga, New Zealand

Republic of Korea
Regional Office #23: 13F, 518, Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Regional Office #24: Strada Industriilor Nr 23, Comuna Chiajna, S.A.I. Romania

Regional Office #25: Černyševského 26, Bratislava, Slovenska Republika

South Africa
Regional Office #26: 5 De Vreugde Crescent, Dal Josaphat, Paarl, 7646, South Africa

Regional Office #27: C/ Collidors S/N P.I. Fondo De Litera, Fraga (Hueca) Spain

Regional Office #28: Route Andre-Piller 21, Zone Industrielle 3, 1762 Givisiez, Switzerland

Regional Office #29: Radosynska Str. 2, Kiev, Ukraine

United Arab Emirates
Regional Office #30: Plot # S10114, Jebel Ali (South Zone) PO Box 262766, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom
Regional Office #31: 1a Opal Court, Opal Drive, Fox Milne Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

United States
Regional Office #32: 400 High Point Rd SE, Cartersville, Georgia, United States
Regional Office #33: 25 Riverside Drive, Pine Brook, New Jersey, United States

Product Information 

Products:Natural Flavors – Natural ingredients for individual and unique flavor compositions in food and beverage applications
Natural Colors – Colors made from natural raw materials and through selective color enrichment process
Coating Systems – Coating of chocolate, sugar, and polishes for gum and licorice
Health Ingredients – Vitamins, minerals, fibers, and natural extracts
Sweetening Solutions – Tailor-made sweetening systems for innovative foods and beverages
Pulses and Cereal Ingredients – Broad portfolio of dry cereal and malt extract for food and beverage production
Dairy Ingredients – Milk, cream, yogurt, and other milk-based products
Fermented Ingredients – Ferments made from apple, pear, malt, rice, and more to tailored tastes
Dry Fruit and Vegetable Ingredients – Slices, pieces, powders, and whole fruits
Fruit and Vegetable Ingredients – Single or multi-blended juices, concentrates, sweeteners, and ingredients
Market Reach:United States

Financial Information 

Revenue:USD $2.9 billion (Unconfirmed Source: ZoomInfo)
Revenue per Employee:USD $305,263 (i.e., USD $2.9 billion / 9,500 employees = USD $305,263 – estimated based on the self-reported number of employees and the revenue from ZoomInfo)

Buyer/Acquirer Overview: Döhler Group

Döhler is a global producer, marketer, and provider of technology-driven natural ingredients, ingredient systems, and integrated solutions for the global food, beverage, and nutrition industry. Ingredients are derived from natural raw materials. The comprehensive product portfolio of natural ingredients ranges from natural flavors, natural colors, natural health ingredients, and a broad range of plant-based ingredients to ingredient systems and end-to-end solutions. 

With more than 45 production sites, 75 offices, and application centers, Döhler creates value for customers in over 160 countries. More than 9,500 dedicated employees, including 1,000 people in R&D, focus on science, technology, and innovation are committed to making Döhler’s customers successful. 

Döhler Group operates 45 production sites and 75 offices around the world

Previous Acquisitions by Döhler Group

  • Herb’s International Service (2017) – A producer of natural health ingredients, based in France, acquired for €25 million (USD $27.7 million)
  • Molda AG (2016) – A producer of finished and semi-finished products, as well as mixes for processing enterprises of the food industry. The company is based in Germany

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