Univar Food Ingredients provides technical expertise, extensive supply chain capabilities and regulatory management to food manufacturers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It explains how relationships underpin its success.
Univar Food Ingredients combines outstanding customer service with a first-class speciality ingredient portfolio from world-leading suppliers. The latter includes - but is not limited to - starches, enzymes, proteins, hydrocolloids, phosphates, algae, sweeteners, acids, antioxidants, emulsifiers, gelling systems, preservatives and more. Univar grows with the food industry by analysing the marketplace and ensuring that its portfolio continuously reflects consumer demands. Sub-industries served by the Univar portfolio include bakery, beverages, confectionery, dairy, desserts, meat and fish, ready meals, soups and sauces.
Successful supplier relationships with industry leaders - including Ingredion, Novozymes and Fonterra - strengthen Univar's ability to deliver the finest cutting-edge products to its customers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
The customer requirements Univar is able to fulfil may include reducing sugar in beverages and removing acrylamide from baked goods in the UK; cleaning up labels and removing E-numbers in France; delivering high-quality protein across Germany; stabilising bakery fillings in Turkey; improving gelling systems in sauces in Poland; and removing gluten in baked goods across Iberia.
Consumer trends drive Univar's business, and its marketing and analysis teams work constantly to recognise and understand existing and emerging areas. These include supporting clean-label; allergen-free; sugar, salt and fat reduction; gluten-free; protein enrichment; plant-based; heart and gut health; premiumisation; convenience and authenticity; and GMO-free.
Experts at Univar's development facilities across EMEA work alongside customers to support a variety of requirements including process optimisation and cost reduction, formulation development, taste and texture achievement, ingredient testing and training.
Food safety, traceability and quality are priorities. Central and local teams ensure that customers are satisfied with every aspect of quality and regulatory compliance.
Univar is ISO 9001-certified across Europe. It can also point to multiple sites with ISO 22000, FSCC 22000 and IFS food safety accreditation, as well as many with organic and BRC certifications, robust approval and audit programmes. Every food site has been assessed by HACCP.
Univar's logistic network services the EMEA region through central and local distribution centres. The company adheres to minimal lead times, and distributes product samples from a central hub for more accessible and functional sampling. Warehouses can be refrigerated, organic or repack-focused to suit the versatile range of ingredients available.
Univar is committed to a more sustainable future. It is a 'B' member of Sedex, which is the world's largest platform for sharing responsible sourcing data on supply chains.
This membership enables the company to play its part in improving the transparency and accessibility of ethical, social and environmental issues and actions throughout the supply chain.