ENZYBEL GROUP and PHYTOZYMES partners in a joint venture : ENZYBEL INDIA, a new leader in papain

Waterloo (Belgium) – Delhi (India), 30 August 2018



ENZYBEL GROUP and PHYTOZYMES partners in a joint venture:

ENZYBEL INDIA, a new leader in papain.



ENZYBEL GROUP, the reference for natural enzymes solutions, is pleased to announce a joint venture with PHYTOZYMES ENTERPRISES setting up ENZYBEL INDIA. This promising company will position itself as a leader on the Indian and Asian market of papain, producing “out of nature” enzymes.
A unique opportunity to secure supplementary sourcing and production and develop new markets and applications.

The joint venture was announced this morning at FI India, the major trade show for food and health ingredients. According to Christian Van Osselaer, CEO of Enzybel Group, acting as the majority shareholder, Enzybel India will position the group at the center of Indian and Asian markets: “We have an important role to contribute here, producing papain with the best standards, out of nature products as always. Respect of environment and sustainability are crucial for us, as well as innovation. We are confident that Enzybel India, with our local and skilled Indian CEO, partners and employees, will play a key role on the market. We are also very proud to partner with people who share our goals and have the same values”.


Enzybel India, acting as the majority shareholder of the new papain factory, will benefit of the high level of expertise of its local team. For Vinoth Kannan, CEO of Phytozymes, partnering with Enzybel opens the doors to a new future: “We all share the same vision. We decided to start Enzybel India because we want to combine our respective forces todevelop the Indian market. It is a growing market, one of the very important global markets for the future; especially for food and pharmaceuticals ingredients. Indian economy is very good”.


Since 2016, Enzybel Group is present in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province.
The group works closely with thousands of farmers in the area. For Enzybel, this investment will facilitate the geographic expansion of the market of papain and lead to the creation of more applications. Enzybel India also represents a complementary sourcing of material. According to Erwin Kooij, Sales Manager at Enzybel Group, the news has been warmly welcomed: “Our key customers, which are multinationals, are really satisfied and enthusiastic that our group opens a second country. It is not only for securing the supply chain but also to enable us to better cover the entire world needs”.



ENZYBEL is the enzyme division of Floridienne S.A. Our company is the reference for natural enzymes solutions. We develop animal & plant-derived enzymes and provide innovative solutions for the industry. The enzymes are produced for food & beverages, feed & petfood, pharma/nutraceuticals & technical, with a unique focus: highest quality products with full traceability at competitive prices. Enzybel Group strategy is aimed at sustainable and scalable growth.



Vanessa Costanzo
+32- (0)473- 459 109


Westerlo, Belgium and Guadalajara, Mexico, 28 June 2017

Biobest and Distribuciones IMEX today announced that Biobest has acquired a 100 % equity stake in IMEX. IMEX is a well-known Mexican distributor of environmentally friendly solutions for plant health and pollination, serving the countries’ growing horticultural industry. Biobest and IMEX started collaborating in 2002 with IMEX importing bumblebees from Biobest’s Canadian operation. They became joint venture partners in 2008, setting up Biobest Mexico SA de CV, a company producing bumblebees and beneficials with IMEX distributing these products in the Mexican market. The transaction reflects Biobest’s confidence in the growth potential of sustainable horticulture in Mexico.

Lic. Hugo Hernandez, CEO of IMEX: ”The Mexican market for our products is in full swing. We believe Biobest has the potential to be an excellent partner for the future. I envision a partner for IMEX that is well aligned with our goals and values: providing customers with sound advice and a full suite of safe and natural solutions, creating a solid future for our team and offering an excellent growth opportunity for all of my trusted suppliers. We have successfully worked together with Biobest first importing, then jointly producing bumblebees and beneficials in Biobest Mexico SA de CV. That collaboration provides a strong foundation to be confident and optimistic about the prospect of fully integrating our activities in Mexico. I am pleased to continue leading the company in the coming years.”

Jean-Marc Vandoorne, CEO of Biobest: “This is a good time for a win-win deal with a trusted long term partner. We aim to ensure continuity for the long term and increase our stakes in a market with great potential. Biobest is following an ambitious growth strategy: we simultaneously leverage opportunities for internal growth and growth through acquisition. We value a lot IMEX’s team and its commercial network with customers and international suppliers. As in other transactions we have done, continuity and leveraging the knowledge and the network of both sides will go hand in hand.”

For more information please contact:

• Biobest – Lise Verachtert (lise.verachtert@biobest.be)

• IMEX – Lic. Hugo Hernández (hhernandez@imex.mx)

Borregaard Bioplant welcomes Biobest as a new shareholder

Borregaard Bioplant ApS and Biobest NV today announced the closing of a transaction under which Biobest acquires an equity stake in Borregaard Bioplant and its Swedish subsidiary Biobasiq Sverige AB.

Steen Borregaard, the company’s founder, remains at the helm of the company. Steen emphasizes that the agreement is structured to ensure continuity: “Borregaard Bioplant will continue to operate as an autonomous company and maintain its customer portfolio as well as its unique setup of various international suppliers. Our customers and suppliers can count on us to maintain and extend the high standard of service and broad range of products.”

Steen Borregaard initiated his activities in the early eighties and established Borregaard Bioplant ApS in 1992. In 2004, the Swedish subsidiary Biobasiq Sverige AB was launched and subsequently Borregaard Bioplant has become the leading supplier of biocontrol solutions to the horticultural industry in Scandinavia.

“We built our success on the capability of our highly skilled team to deliver sound advice to our customers, combining products from different international suppliers”, Steen Borregaard mentions and continues: “After more than 30 years in the business, it was appropriate to look for a long term partner and Biobest was the obvious choice as one of our trusted suppliers for many years. The strategic partnership with Biobest will enable a sustainable development of the company to the benefit of all stakeholders.”

For Biobest, this transaction further strengthens its presence in direct distribution activities in a promising Scandinavian market. The values and vision of Borregaard Bioplant are well aligned with those of the Biobest group. A strong capability to advise customers worldwide on sustainable crop management is what fuels the company’s long-term growth.

Jean-Marc Vandoorne, CEO of Biobest states: ”I take pride in the fact that a highly respected company like Borregaard Bioplant values the long-standing business collaboration that we’ve had and decided to accept Biobest as a shareholder and strategic partner. We know that Steen and his team are driven to provide excellent service and innovative solutions to their customers and we are excited to strengthen our relationship. The transaction further accelerates our global strategy to develop strong interactions with growers, and to offer them a complete range of natural solutions.”

For more information please contact Lise Verachtert (lise.verachtert@biobest.be).





 Westerlo, Belgium and Thika, Kenya, 2 December 2016

Biobest and Real IPM Kenya today announced that they have entered into an agreement with a view for Biobest to acquire Real IPM Kenya Ltd. Real IPM is a leading company in biological control in East Africa. Its broad market presence ranges from the export driven flower market to the smallholder cereals farmer. Biobest, headquartered in Belgium is a leading global player in pollination and biological control. It will now get a strong foothold in a part of the world where it has been absent until today. Both companies emphasize the synergies that the transaction will bring. The transaction is due to close in early 2017, subject to authorization by the Competition Authority of Kenya and other regulatory approvals.

“We started Real IPM Kenya about 15 years ago,” say Henry Wainwright and Louise Labuschagne. the Company’s co-founders, owners and directors. “We passionately wanted to bring affordable and effective biological solutions to African farmers. Thanks to a strong and committed team, a broad product portfolio with several beneficials and unique biopesticides, and a diverse and loyal customer-base in Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, South-Africa and beyond, we can be proud of our success. Opportunities for further growth abound, but for us the time has come to start preparing for a phase in life during which we can dedicate more time to our family. We were looking for a corporate partner that would be sensitive to our personal and corporate values, and that we can trust to further build on the strong foundations that we have laid. We are very confident that Biobest is the right partner for us.”

Henry Wainwright adds: “I will continue on as General Manager of Real IPM Kenya for the next two years to ensure continuity and a seamless transition. I am sure this transaction creates opportunities for my team to further realize its potential as well as for Biobest to successfully contribute to sustainable farming in Africa. Our existing and future customers and distributors will benefit from the synergies represented in this alliance.”

Jean-Marc Vandoorne, CEO of Biobest, comments: ”Our goal is to serve the needs of growers on a worldwide basis in our strategic crops. East and Southern Africa is a hotspot for floriculture and horticulture, but also for citrus and other open field crops. With Real IPM Kenya we immediately play in the premier league in this part of the world. We very much respect the position the company has built and are therefore grateful that Henry is prepared to continue to take the helm. We are confident that we can help develop Real IPM’s product offering based on our own product portfolio and R&D pipeline. Together we can bring even more complete and more effective solutions, in line with the needs of the African farmer. The product portfolio of Real IPM Kenya, and its partner company Real IPM UK, is also complementary to ours in other markets. Finally, it is a major competitive advantage to have a strong production infrastructure in East Africa. Local customers enjoy good quality and competitive prices in view of the excellent production conditions for biocontrol agents in this region. That explains why it is really difficult to be strong in the local market without local production.”


Biobest, headquartered in Belgium, a leading player in bumblebee pollination and biological control offers a complete range of natural crop care solutions. The company takes pride in providing growers with tailor-made advice to achieve their economic and environmental goals.
Real IPM Kenya, headquartered in Thika just outside Nairobi, Kenya, is the foremost biocontrol solutions provider in Kenya and the larger Eastern Africa and seeks to design and implement robust IPM programs which actively replace pesticide inputs and improve crop quality and yields for growers and consumers. Real IPM’s transaction advisor is BlackGold Investments, a Kenyan advisory and investments firm.

For more information, please contact:

Jean-Marc Vandoorne: jean-marc@biobest.be

Henry Wainwright: wainwright@realipm.com 


Biobest Belgium N.V. | Ilse Velden 18 | B-2260 Westerlo | tel.: +32 14 25.79.80 | fax: +32 14 25.79.82 | info@biobest.be | www.biobestgroup.com


SOTECNA participate with its sister company ENZYBEL to the HI NI Fair in Frankfurt

We thank all the visitors, customers and colleagues for visiting our booth at the HI NI FranKfurt 2016.

We hope they enjoyed our hospitality.

The fair was a great success for Sotecna both Snails extract and Essential oil activities. This ingredients Event gave us the opportunity to showcase all our products, which generated a great interest.

Please, do not hesitate to contact us for any questions or feedback you may have following the exhibition.

We will be very happy to receive your enquiry and we hope you enjoyed our products and the fair.

A special thanks is extended to Hungry Minds for making the event so successful by designing our outstanding booth.

Sotecna is an innovative Belgium-based company whose main activity since its inception in the 1950’s is the production of 100% pure and natural Essential Oils in Lessines. In 2006, The company became part of Biofirst, the Life Science division of Floridienne ( a listed Belgian company specialized in niche markets). Since 2015, Sotecna proudly took over the production and commercialization of snail extract and Enzymatic Products in Ghislenghien from his sister company Enzybel.