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Kemin acquires Bio-Cide International

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Global ingredient manufacturer adds antimicrobial technology company to its portfolio of products and solutions.

Kemin Industries recently announced it has acquired Norman, Oklahoma-based Bio-Cide International Inc. (Bio-Cide), a leading multi-specialty source of chlorine dioxide-based antimicrobial technology.

For more than forty years, Bio-Cide has pioneered novel disinfection and antimicrobial solutions that are used in an array of markets. As a leader in livestock and poultry nutrition, pet food and rendering, food safety, human health and more, Kemin is working to strengthen safety throughout all stages of the food chain. Bringing a fellow leader in antimicrobial solutions into the organization aligns with Kemin's decades-long focus in this space.

"We are thrilled to welcome the Bio-Cide team to Kemin and add their outstanding products and services to our portfolio of offerings," said Dr. Chris Nelson, president and CEO of Kemin Industries. "Kemin and Bio-Cide share a deep dedication to scientific excellence, industry-leading technology and established safety practices. As two family-owned companies, we also share a commitment to our employees, our customers and the betterment of our communities. We look forward to bolstering our portfolio of safe, effective and transformative solutions – together."

As Kemin works toward its vision to sustainably transform the quality of life with its products and services, it is dedicated to fostering healthy people, a healthy planet and healthy business. The company strives to develop nourishing, protective and innovative ingredients on a global scale, making an expansion of its effective antimicrobial solutions both natural and necessary.

The acquisition adds several new technologies to the existing Kemin portfolio of antimicrobial and food safety solutions, including:

  • OXINE and PRO-OXINE: Effective, fast-acting, broad-spectrum antimicrobial solutions for food processing, equipment, water and animal health applications.
  • KEEPER and KEEPER PROFESSIONAL: Antimicrobial agents used to eliminate pathogens, extend shelf-life and improve the quality of red meat, seafood, poultry and post-harvest fruit and vegetable products.
  • PURITE: A preservative formulated for use in prescription and over-the-counter eye care products.

"There is immense synergy between the two corporations that nurture a common goal – service mankind through cutting-edge science and innovation," said Dr. Neeraj Khanna, president and chief technology officer of Bio-Cide International. "Bio-Cide is a leader in the field of chlorine dioxide-based antimicrobials, and Kemin is a strong force in the animal health and food safety markets, among others. Bio-Cide is well-poised to integrate into Kemin's much broader platform and contribute towards Kemin's global vision of transforming lives. We believe that the integration of the two companies will result in a quantum leap for Bio-Cide's abilities to grow, prosper and support its current and new customer base. This acquisition marks a major milestone in Bio-Cide's 49-year history, and our management and staff are extremely excited about it." 

Bio-Cide's product offerings align with Kemin's Animal Nutrition and Health; Human Nutrition and Health; and Food Technologies business units. Bio-Cide's portfolio also presents the opportunity for Kemin to expand its range of solutions and serve new industries.


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