Cognis Nutrition and Health

A world of natural choices from Cognis Nutrition & Health

Headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany, Cognis is a worldwide business operating to the highest standards and enjoying a matching reputation. The company has 160 years of experience in the business of oleochemicals – products derived from renewable raw materials – and is justly proud of its ‘natural roots’.

Cognis Nutrition & Health, one of five business units within the group, pioneered the development and production of natural-source vitamin E and plant sterols. Today, with its comprehensive and growing portfolio of science-based, natural-source ingredients Cognis is particularly well placed to meet the needs of its customers in this dynamic sector.

With production and technical support capabilities around the world – from Kankakee in the USA, to Boussens in France, Barcelona Spain and Illertissen in Germany – Cognis has an extensive network of experts, making it possible to offer customers the benefits of a global organisation, plus all-important local knowledge.

Excellent technical expertise, innovative marketing solutions, in-depth scientific support and responsive customer service are the core competencies that underpin Cognis’ reputation. As part of its continuing drive to meet customer needs and address market trends, Cognis Nutrition & Health has realigned its strategic approach in recent months, to focus more directly on product concepts that support specific aspects of human health.

Market research has identified three initial key concepts that fit with the company’s range of natural source ingredients: heart health, eye health and body composition, concepts that encompass some of mankind’s most pressing health challenges.

From antioxidants, plant sterols and speciality lipids, to botanicals and mixed carotenoids, Cognis delivers natural source ingredients and know-how that promote healthy nutrition and wellbeing. The wide range of products for the food supplement and functional food industries includes:

Tonalin® CLA
A natural source of Conjugated Linoleic Acid for body composition products, Tonalin® is the original CLA brand* for food supplements and functional foods.
Vegapure® plant sterol esters
Plant sterol esters for cholesterol reduction
Delios® Medium Chain Triglycerides
Medium chain triglycerides for sport and fitness
Covitol® natural-source vitamin E
The power of natural-source vitamin E
Covi-ox® natural mixed tocopherols
Natural mixed tocopherols for protection against food oxidation
Betatene® natural mixed carotenoids
Natural mixed carotenoids, helping to bridge the dietary gap
Xangold® natural lutein esters
Natural lutein esters for eye health
Cegepal® essential fatty acids
Essential fatty acids in powder form
Botanical Specialties
Sources of active principles for food and food supplements
*Tonalin® is an exclusively licensed product of the Cognis Group

For more information please contact:
Cognis Nutrition & Health

Functional Foods & Medical Nutrition:
Phone +49.7303.13.326
Fax +49.7303.13.287

Dietary Supplements:
Phone: +49.211.7940.9692
Fax: +49.211.798.2390

Cognis employs 8,500 people, and has production sites and service centres in almost 30 countries. The company has dedicated its activities to a high level of sustainability and delivers natural source raw materials and ingredients for food, nutrition and healthcare markets, and the cosmetics, detergents and cleaners industries. Additionally, Cognis provides solutions for a number of other industries, such as coatings and inks, lubricants, textiles and plastics, as well as agriculture and mining.

Cognis is owned by private equity funds advised by Permira, GS Capital Partners, and Schroder Ventures Life Sciences. In 2003, Cognis recorded sales of 2.95 billion euros and an operating profit before depreciation, amortization and exceptional items (EBITDA recurring) of 312 million euros.