Symrise set for Swedish probiotic takeover bid

By Shane STARLING contact

- Last updated on GMT

A takeover offer of about €4.50 per share for control of Probi is on the cards, as Symrise ups stake beyond 30%...
A takeover offer of about €4.50 per share for control of Probi is on the cards, as Symrise ups stake beyond 30%...
German fragrance and flavours house Symrise has increased its stake in Swedish probiotics specialist Probi to 30.03%, and is now obliged under law to make a formal takeover bid.

Symrise said it will make an official statement within four weeks but noted if it proceeded with a buy-out bid, "the offered price will amount to 40.10 Swedish kronor (€4.50) per share, which corresponds to the highest price paid by Symrise during the last six months."

Symrise first took an interest in Probi when it bought an 11.8% stake in August, 2011, which it has gradually increased since.

The two companies announced a formal R&D collaboration​ at the end of 2012, at which time Symrise spokesperson Bernhard Kott told us oral probiotic supplements were likely to reach market this year or next.

“This is just the starting point, it will take time, but we will also work with academics and research institutions,”​ Kott said. “We have a lot of expertise in mints and these are a first product area for immunity and gut health and other health areas will also be explored.”

Probi had sales of about €11.25m in 2012 and has commercial ties with Danone and Merck among others.

Symrise is the world’s fourth largest supplier of fragrances and flavourings after Givaudan, Firmenich and International Flavors and Fragrances. It operates in 160 countries and had a turnover of €1.74bn in 2012.

Probi has around 5000 shareholders.

Probiota 2014

Invested in pre- and probiotics? Probiota 2014 will explore the prebiotic-probiotic scientific frontier, its evolution and commercial application in food, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics across the globe.

The 2-day, 2-stream event – formerly Probiotech and Microbiota - will be held in Amsterdam on February 4-5 this year. Will you be joining your peers there?

To know more click here​.

Related news

Show more

Related products

show more

Mother’s milk selects Bifidobacteria in the infant gut

Mother’s milk selects Bifidobacteria in the infant gut

Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd. | 21-Nov-2017 | Technical / White Paper

Health promoting traits of Bifidobacteria are strain-specific, however, whether the residential origin of each species would also contribute to the differences...

How Polyphenols enhance probiotic benefits

How Polyphenols enhance probiotic benefits

BerryPharma® - the Expert in Berry Extracts | 17-Oct-2017 | Research Study

Researchers have recently identified the positive interactions between polyphenols and intestinal bacteria, leading to classification as a prebiotic function....

Related suppliers

Follow us

Featured Events

View more

Products

View more

Webinars