Univar is a global distributor of industrial and specialty chemicals and related chemistry services.
Cargill is a dominant international ingredients player, and in recent years made the move to expand its food ingredients offering and begin being active in personal care.
As of 1 January 2018, Univar Personal Care EMEA and Cargill Beauty embarked on a new partnership to deliver nature-derived, label-friendly and highly functional ingredients to the EMEA personal care markets, they state.
”Consumers are increasingly looking for cosmetic products based on nature-derived ingredients. The formation of this strategic partnership will enable Univar to better meet these needs by adding Cargill’s sustainable, label-friendly and nature derived portfolio to our current service offering,” said Matthew J. Ottaway, Vice President Focus Industries, Univar PC EMEA.
The two companies suggest the partnership will be mutually beneficial, as consumers are set to increasingly seek out nature-derived cosmetics ingredients across the EMEA region.
“The benefits of this partnership are clear: meeting existing and future consumer needs for nature-derived and responsible cosmetics in partnership with a leading distributor,” they say in a joint statement.
Tony Jaillot, General Manager, Cargill Beauty, explains that Univar will prove a strategic choice of partner for the company’s bid to establish a stronger foothold in the personal care ingredients market across the EMEA region.
“With Univar, we have found a leading distributor partner who can really open doors for Cargill. The company brings great expertise in sales, marketing, formulation and communication and a vision that fits perfectly with Cargill Beauty’s strategy,” Jaillot says.
“This partnership provides a solid foundation to bring our unique and differentiated nature-derived, label-friendly and highly functional offering to the global personal care market.”
A whole lifestyle
On the move to begin activity in personal care in September 2016, Jaillot explained that Cargill sees the expansion of portfolio as a logical step, given the company’s established profile in the natural food ingredients space.
“We have signals, both from our customers and from what we feel from the consumer side of the market, that the need for natural derived ingredients is becoming mainstream and becoming very strong,” he explained in an interview with Cosmetics Design.
“It used to be a few niche brands for lines, and targeted at specific markets. But now, it’s not just a trend - it’s a whole lifestyle approach to ethical products. It’s a key strategy for most of our customers - it’s a key component for personal care brands.”