CPL Business Consultants can help you understand, and tailor your strategy towards, the commercial and  technical nuances of the food ingredients industry. We can advise you on the best strategy for your business to follow.

The food ingredient sector has seen some rapid changes in recent years. For example, this includes changes in how ingredients are manufactured and processed, side streams valorised, and ingredients sold. The drivers behind these include consumer preferences, e.g. in clean-label  ingredients, plant-based foods, sustainability and alternative proteins.  There have also been significant technical advances e.g. in precision fermentation and artificial intelligence.

The sector has attracted much interest from Private Equity and other investors. There has been a significant amount of recent mergers and acquisitions activity. For example, there has been a wave of consolidation and carve-outs with the involvement of leading ingredients manufacturers and processors such as IFF and DSM-Firmenich.

CPL Business Consultants has focussed on strategy consulting for the food ingredients market for over 35 years, gaining unmatched experience and insight in this sector. We have assisted international ingredient manufacturing companies as they diversified out of commodities such as sugar and grains, helped innovators build health ingredient portfolios and guided companies with strategic advice for entering the food ingredients sector.

Working with many of the world’s leading ingredient companies, CPL has covered a wide variety of strategic topics. These include diversification, vertical integration, research & development, techno-economic analyses and market entry strategies. CPL’s services also include identifying and  assessing food ingredient companies as potential candidates for inorganic growth by M&A. CPL are the go-to food ingredients strategy consultants for those who require experience, authentic insight, intellectual rigour and commercial understanding.

The case studies below illustrate CPL’s strategy consulting experience and expertise in the food ingredients sector. Please click on a title to see examples of specific engagements CPL has completed.

Acidifiers, Emulsifiers, Preservatives and Vitamins

Acquisitions, Planning and Strategy

Environmental Labelling

Flavours and Colours