Gelymar Appoints Univar Solutions as Exclusive Distributor of Carrageenans in the United States and Canada

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Dec. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Univar Solutions Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) ("Univar Solutions" or "the Company"), a global chemical and ingredient distributor and provider of value-added services, announced today an agreement with Gelymar to distribute a portfolio of carrageenan products into the food and pharmaceutical industries in the United States and Canada. The Gelymar product range further expands Univar Solutions comprehensive offering of texturizing solutions across regions in North America.

Gelymar Appoints Univar Solutions as Exclusive Distributor of Carrageenans in the United States and Canada

The exclusive agreement between Univar Solutions and Gelymar covers a wide range of products including the Carra™Lact, Carra™Gel, and Carra™Sol lines. Carrageenan products are used in food manufacturing to help improve texture, suspension, stability, gelling, mouthfeel, smoothness, and thickening.

"We are excited to bring Gelymar's extensive range of carrageenans to markets in North America and expanding as well as rounding out our portfolio of texturizing solutions. We believe the functionality and value proposition of their unique Kappa II and Lambda carrageenans will help meet the needs of our food and dairy customers," said Kevin Hack, vice president of global food ingredients at Univar Solutions. "The Gelymar products in this exclusive agreement are synergistic with our current range of textural ingredient offerings and we look forward to helping expand Gelymar's reach and bringing the distinctive value of these products to customers across the United States and Canada."

Univar Solutions is well positioned throughout the food ingredients market to provide differential value to customers through a consistent global approach across key industries and a worldwide footprint of technical solution centers as well as product portfolio, which complements Gelymar's access to the world's largest source of cold-water seaweed—the preferred raw material for Kappa II and Lambda carrageenan production. Gelymar is a worldwide producer of Kappa II and Lambda carrageenan from fresh seaweed.

Andrés Hohlberg, CEO of Gelymar, added, "This exclusive partnership with Univar Solutions is a tremendous opportunity to expand our high-value and unique carrageenan solutions that we have marketed for decades. Together with Univar Solutions experienced sales and application development teams, we believe that we can bring a first-class experience to our customers, supporting their innovation and growth in the United States and Canada."

About Univar Solutions

Univar Solutions (NYSE: UNVR) is a leading global specialty chemical and ingredient distributor representing a premier portfolio from the world's leading producers. With the industry's largest private transportation fleet and North American sales force, unparalleled logistics know-how, deep market and regulatory knowledge, world-class formulation and recipe development, and leading digital tools the company is well-positioned to offer tailored solutions and value-added services to a wide range of markets, industries, and applications. Univar Solutions is committed to helping customers and suppliers innovate and grow together. Learn more at UnivarSolutions.com.

About Gelymar

Gelymar is a textural solution leader for the food, pharmaceutical, and personal care industries. For more than 25 years, Gelymar has served the largest dairy, meat, and personal care companies worldwide, becoming a key player in the global hydrocolloids market. Privileged locations enable Gelymar to provide the safest, highest-quality and most cost-effective texture solutions, meeting each industry's manufacturing demands while ensuring the protection and conservation of the environment. The team operates four manufacturing sites located in Chile and Indonesia, two product technology centers located in Chile and a worldwide distribution network in more than 50 countries.

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