Clearwater International has secured the cross-border sale of leading independent natural food colouring manufacturer, Phytone, to Philadelphia based multinational chemical company FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC) (‘FMC’).
Based in Burton-on-Trent, Phytone manufactures natural colours and other naturally derived ingredients primarily for the global food industry. The acquisition will provide directors, Andrew Kevill and Bruce Henry, and other family members, with an exit and realisation of their original investment. The consideration for the transaction was not disclosed.
Phytone was founded in 1989 and employs over 40 people in development and manufacturing at its purpose built premises in Staffordshire. Applications for its products, which are sold in over 30 countries include; drinks; ice cream, flour/sugar confectionary; dairy; desserts; sauces and meat products.
Formed in 1883, FMC Corporation has developed into one of the world’s largest chemical businesses, with leading positions in the global agricultural, industrial and consumer markets. The business employs over 5,000 people worldwide and generated annual sales of $3.4bn in 2011.