Glanbia Nutritionals strengthens its business with the acquisition of Watson

Glanbia Nutritionals, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Glanbia plc, has recently confirmed its acquisition of Watson, a US based manufacturer and supplier of high-quality custom nutrient premix, bakery ingredient, edible film and material conditioning solutions for the nutrition, food and beverage, personal care and supplement industries.
Watson is an 80-year old 3rd generation family business and this acquisition is highly complementary, strengthening Glanbia’s capability set with microencapsulation, agglomeration, micronizing, spray drying and edible film technologies.
The knowledge and experience of the combined R&D teams will cement Glanbia’s position as a leader in the sector, with the enhanced ability to create superior premix solutions that address the complex formulation requirements of today’s increasingly sophisticated applications.
Glanbia Nutritionals’ custom nutrient premix production footprint now extends coast to coast in the US with facilities in California, Missouri, Illinois, and Connecticut to better serve customers across the region. The US presence is supplemented by facilities in Germany and China to provide global scale and solutions to its customers.
“We are excited to welcome the 300 employees of Watson with their established reputation of expertise, technical capability and commitment to excellence,” said Brian Phelan, CEO of Glanbia Nutritionals. “The customers of both organisations will stand to benefit significantly from the combined capabilities that the 2 teams now bring together.”
Glanbia Nutritionals is a Euro 1.2 billion (US$1.36 billion) nutritional solutions and cheese business with presence in 19 countries. Its proteins, custom nutrient premixes, cheese, bioactives, plant-based nutrition ingredients, flavors and micronutrients are sold in over 130 countries worldwide into mainstream food and beverage, sports nutrition, clinical nutrition, infant nutrition, supplements, personal care and animal nutrition markets.