DES MOINES, Iowa — Kemin Industries acquired Norman, Okla.-based Bio-Cide International Inc. (Bio-Cide), a multi-specialty source of chlorine dioxide-based antimicrobial technology.
“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.”
The acquisition adds several new technologies to the existing Kemin portfolio of antimicrobial and food safety solutions, including Oxine® and Pro-Oxine® broad-spectrum antimicrobial solutions for food processing, equipment, water and animal health applications. And the products, Keeper® and Keeper® Professional, which are antimicrobial agents used to eliminate pathogens, extend shelf-life and improve the quality of poultry, red meat, seafood and post-harvest fruit and vegetable products.
For more than 40 years, Bio-Cide has developed novel disinfection and antimicrobial solutions that are used in an array of markets. 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, the company added.
“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.”
Khanna added: “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.”