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Squarefield acted as exclusive financial advisor to Strik on the sale of a majority stake to Barentz

On June 13, 2019, our client Innovative Taste B.V. (“Strik” or the “Company”), a leading Dutch developer, producer and supplier of high-quality flavourings and food ingredients, through founder Robert Strik, announced it has signed an agreement to sell a majority stake to Barentz International B.V. (“Barentz”), a leading global distributor of ingredients for the pharmaceutical, personal care, food & nutrition, and animal nutrition industries.

The announced partnership supports Barentz’ strategy of offering the broadest portfolio of quality food ingredients. Through this transaction, Barentz will add Strik’s expertise in the field of taste, colour and texture to Barentz’ Food & Nutrition Solutions division, where Strik’s will benefit from and accelerate growth through leveraging Barentz’ global network. Robert Strik will continue to lead Strik as its managing director ensuring continuity.


Strik is a creator, manufacturer and distributor of high quality tasty food ingredients, functional food ingredients and food decorations & inclusions. Through a product portfolio of private labels and associated brands, the Company offers a unique value proposition in bakery, cereal, chocolate, confectionery, culinary, dairy and specialty food applications. The Company was established in 1991 and is located in Eemnes, the Netherlands, where it hosts its Mixing the Finest© factory and TasteLab® where passionate ingredients engineers and taste experts work with customers, product developers, producers and marketeers from all over Europe every day to develop and test new ideas.

“Well prepared, takes time! Squarefield strongly focused on our strategic positioning: absorbing, understanding, analysing, translating and acting on key issues; understandable for the one strategic buyer. With a more than satisfactory outcome, chapeau Squarefield! Great team who assisted me and our team with full dedication and attention.”

Robert Strik – Managing Director of Strik

Barentz International

Barentz, headquartered in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, is a leading global supplier of ingredients for the life sciences industries. Representing worldclass suppliers from all over the world, Barentz offers customers a comprehensive portfolio of speciality ingredients, including unique specialty ingredients and blends from Barentz-owned production companies, all supported by the best technical teams and top-of-the-line application labs. Barentz operates in more than 60 countries, has sales of EUR 1.1bn and employs more than 1,100 people worldwide.