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Novozymes and Univar Solutions form partnership to bring biotechnology products to the market

Univar Solutions and Novozymes® Partner to Bring Innovative, Sustainable Biotechnology Products to Customers in the United States and Canada

Under the agreement, Novozymes will continue to utilize direct sales in addition to Univar Solutions' strong distribution capability to address customers of all sizes

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. and RALEIGH, N.C., March 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Univar Solutions Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) ("Univar Solutions" or "the Company"), a global chemical and ingredient distributor and provider of value-added services, and Novozymes, the world leader in biological solutions, today announced an agreement, effective April 1, to expand the existing partnership into the U.S. and Canadian homecare, industrial cleaning, and beverages markets. The ongoing and expanding relationship between the two companies demonstrates a shared commitment to providing customers with a portfolio of ingredients designed to help improve product performance and enable solutions that have the potential to bring more sustainable products to the homecare, industrial cleaning and beverages markets through better performing formulations. Under the agreement, Novozymes will continue to utilize direct sales in addition to Univar Solutions’ strong distribution capability to address customers of all sizes

By using next-generation biological solutions through leading enzyme and microbial innovations in place of traditional chemicals, customers in the homecare and industrial cleaning and beverage ingredient sectors can help meet sustainability goals and better capitalize on consumer demand.

"Together with Novozymes, we are collaborating at the intersection of science and technology to fulfill our purpose of keeping communities healthy, fed, clean and safe. We remain committed to delivering the high quality, sustainable ingredients and technical expertise our customers are looking for in 2021 and beyond," said Nick Powell, SVP, president, Specialty Chemicals and Ingredients for Univar Solutions. "We believe this will be an extension of our already successful partnership with Novozymes, leveraging our strategy to build global relationships that deliver consistency and growth to our customers and suppliers in multiple regions."

The exclusive distribution agreement builds upon the companies' existing partnership in Europe. Industrial enzymes and microorganisms help customers more efficiently use raw materials, reduce energy consumption and potentially replace traditional chemicals with more sustainable alternatives for a more diverse product offering. Novozymes will work closely with the Univar Solutions flagship solution center in Houston, Texas, which is home to a global center of excellence for innovation in the homecare and industrial cleaning industry.

"Univar Solutions and Novozymes have had a very productive and successful collaboration in Europe for over 15 years – and expanding the partnership into North America will allow the two companies to establish synergies with significant benefits to customers in the region," said Arnaud Melin, Novozymes' vice president of Consumer Biosolutions, Americas. "Some of the benefits include coming together to enhance our digital strategies and collaborating to better the customer experience through more online tools to help customers improve efficiency, yields, and reduce costs – accessing and benefiting more easily from our growing range of biological solutions and innovation."

About Novozymes

Novozymes is the world leader in biological solutions. Together with customers, partners and the global community, Novozymes improves industrial performance while preserving the planet's resources and helping build better lives. As the world's largest provider of enzyme and microbial technologies, our bio-innovation enables higher agricultural yields, low-temperature washing, energy-efficient production, renewable fuel and many other benefits that we rely on today and in the future. We call it Rethink Tomorrow. NASDAQ OMX: NZYM-B • 6,500 employees • DKK 14,5 billion turnover • 30+ industries • 700+ products

About Univar Solutions

Univar Solutions (NYSE: UNVR) is a leading global specialty chemical and ingredient distributor representing a premier portfolio from the world's leading producers. With the industry's largest private transportation fleet and North American sales force, unparalleled logistics know-how, deep market and regulatory knowledge, world-class formulation and recipe development, and leading digital tools the company is well-positioned to offer tailored solutions and value-added services to a wide range of markets, industries, and applications. Univar Solutions is committed to helping customers and suppliers innovate and grow together. Learn more at

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