From 1990 to today

Our history

•1990

Start of LevucellTM and BactocellTM product development as animal probiotics.

•1993

Establishment of North American technical sales office to serve animal nutrition industry.

•1994

Initial investment in yeast plant in Estonia (Salutaguse Pãrmitehas) for production of bakers yeast and inactive yeast.

•1995

Acquisition of  Gist-Brocades North American baker’s yeast and ingredients business, including yeast plant in Bakersfield, California.

Major expansion at Montréal Préfontaine and Baltimore plants.

•1997

Acquisition of  Alimentos Framex in Tultitlán (Mexico City), now named Lallemand Mexico. Acquisition of  the specialty yeast technologies of Primalco Biotec in Finland (mineral enriched yeasts and patent for glycerol yeast).

•1998

Expansion of North American animal nutrition activities with the acquisition of Laporte Biochem International’s US feed ingredients business.

Expansion of human nutrition activities with acquisition of Institut Rosell in Canada.

Initial investment in baker’s yeast plant in Vienna (Harmer Hefe).

•1999

Expansion of European animal nutrition activities through the acquisition of the Santel team and production facilities.

Creation of Hagold Hefe, a joint venture between Harmer Hefe (Austria) and Giegold Hefe (Germany), which acquires Old Herold Hefe in 2000, a Slovakian yeast producer.

•2000-2001

Major efforts launched to expand presence in brewing industry through acquisition of AB Vickers (United Kingdom) and majority shares of Siebel Institute (Chicago).

•2001

Acquisition of Scandi-Link (Denmark), a supplier of mineral enriched yeasts and other ingredients to the European human nutritional supplement industry.

•2001-2002

Start of construction of new baker’s yeast plant in Memphis, Tennessee (production start in 2003), and expansion of Giegold yeast plant in Germany.

•2002

Acquisition of Biotal (UK and USA), specialized in development of bacteria for animal nutrition.

•2003

Start-up of newly constructed Memphis plant.

•2004

Hagold Hefe acquires a baker’s yeast producer, F.X. Wieninger, in Passau, Germany.

Acquisition and integration of regional alcohol and distilling activities into Lallemand Ethanol Technology, targeted towards the fuel ethanol and distilling industries worldwide.

•2006

Further strenghtening of European baker’s yeast Division presence with acquisition of three plants in Poland (Josefow, Lublin and Cracow), and of the yeast activities of Linco Hefe (Heilbronn, Germany), the facility of which will be transformed into a distribution center

Establishment of Lallemand South Africa Division through acquisition of Rymco Pty Ltd, a well establisehd South African yeast producer (baker’s and specialty yeasts).

Acquisition of the Finnish yeast producer Suomen Hiiva Oy and its baker’s yeast facility in Lahti, Finland.

•2007

Acquisition of the Brazilian company Katec Agrotecnica, specializing in silage additives for the agricultural market.

Strengthening of Animal Nutrition Division’s presence on the European market via the acquisition of Metall- und Farben GmbH (Austria), a long time distributor of Lallemand products on Eastern European markets.

Acquisition of De Danske Gærfabrikker AS in Grenå producing molasses alcohol and baker’s yeast for the Danish market, as well as specialty yeasts and yeast extracts and derivatives for the Lallemand Specialty Division.

•2008

Creation of Lallemand Pharma International AG (Zug, Switzerland), new affiliate dedicated to pharmaceutical products.

Acquisition of Finnish Verdera Oy, specializing in biological solutions for the horticulture and forestry segments.

•2009

Acquisition from AB Mauri of the GBI (ex DSM) baker??s yeast business in Spain and Portugal as well as of the AB Mauri yeast plant located in Setúbal (south of Lisbon).

Acquisition from Cie des Levures Lesaffre of the company GB Ingredients Ltd (GBI). GBI operates a yeast business in the UK and Ireland from its factory based in Felixstowe.

Acquisition of Lake States Yeast Division from the Wausau Paper Group. Lake States Yeast is a leading producer of inactivated torula yeast operating in Rhinelander (Wisconsin, USA).

These acquisitions have been accompanied by on-going product innovations, plant investments, and a growing team of technical sales specialists. Together they have made Lallemand a leading supplier to selected markets for specialty yeast and bacteria.