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Squarefield acted as exclusive financial advisor to the shareholders of De Weerd on the sale to Barentz

On September 2, 2020, Barentz International, a leading global distributor of life science ingredients, has expanded its activities in taste and nutrition even further with the acquisition of the Dutch-based spice company: De Weerd Spices – specialist in natural taste development and innovation for the European food industry.

De Weerd Spices specifically adds value in natural taste development and innovation, with a focus on meat, snacks and vegetarian products. The acquisition is aligned with Barentz’ strategy to become a global leader in the life science industries, and to further develop taste and nutrition knowledge, products and services within the Human Nutrition sector.

The completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval.

Mr. Jac Sars, the owner of De Weerd has become a Board Member in the Barentz Group, with the role of strategic advisor.

De Weerd Spices

De Weerd Spices is Dutch-based and a specialist in natural taste development and innovation for the European food industry. Short lines and direct communication are rooted in the family-business-DNA of De Weerd. That makes the team of about 50 taste experts at De Weerd an ideal partner to create outstanding, future-proof solutions for customer specific situations. With their deep knowledge of spices and herbs, blending and taste making, the experts of De Weerd are able to turn ‘tasters’ into ‘lovers’.

“With their specialism in the food industry, Squarefield has helped me tremendously to connect with the right type of company that matched my expectations. They obtained and kept the right focus in this tough and complex process. The lines of communication were short and quick which felt comfortable given the many questions that arose along the way. In addition, the personal involvement as well as expertise of all employees involved was very pleasant. I look back on a very pleasant time with Squarefield.”

Jac Sars – Owner of De Weerd


Barentz is a leading global life science ingredients distributor for the Human Nutrition, Pharmaceutical, Personal Care and Animal Nutrition markets. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Barentz distributes ingredients for products to small- and medium-sized enterprises and large customers globally. The Group sources branded specialty ingredients from leading manufacturers worldwide and its ingredients experts provide value-added technical support (including pre-mixing, blending, ingredient formulation and ingredient testing) from its state-of-the-art, customized formulation centers and application laboratories in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Established in 1953, Barentz has operations in more than 60 countries with a strong presence in Europe and Asia, and a growing presence in North America and Latin America. Today, the company employs around 1,100 people worldwide, sources ingredients from top global suppliers and serves over 15,000 customers.