Nutrition & Health

BASF’s Nutrition & Health division develops, produces and markets ingredients for the nutrition and health industries. Our products fulfill the highest safety, regulatory and sustainability standards. Together with our customers, we play an active part in enhancing the nutrition and health of consumers all over the world.

Sales by region 2021 (location of customer)


Sales by direct customer industry 20211


1 Aroma ingredients business is included in the customer industries nutrition and others.

Aroma ingredients

BASF offers a wide variety of aroma ingredients, such as L-menthol, geraniol, citronellol and linalool, which are part of our citral value chain. In 2019, we broadened our portfolio with renewable-based natural ingredients for example, by acquiring Isobionics®. Our aroma ingredients are sold to the flavor and fragrance industry for use mainly in home and personal care products, in fine fragrances and in the food industry:

  • Rose scents: geraniol, citronellol, dihydrorosan
  • Citrus scents: citral, citronellal
  • Mint scents: L-menthol, DL-menthol
  • Lavender scents: linalool, tetrahydrolinalool
  • Muguet scents: lysmeral, pyranol
  • Selected sensations: Velberry (fruity)
  • Isobionics natural flavors (citrus, lemon, orange, grapefruit) and natural fragrance (sandalwood)

Biomass balance BMBcert products are available for nearly all standard products of our aroma ingredients portfolio. Biomass balance (BMB) means that renewable resources are used as feedstock at the very beginning of the Production Verbund. The renewable-based feedstock amount is then allocated to specific products using a third party-verified certification method (REDcert2). The certified products show an equally strong product performance, without reformulation, while significantly reducing the CO2 footprint compared with the standard product. The BMB approach saves fossil resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Animal nutrition

BASF is one of the leading suppliers of feed additives to the animal protein value chain. The focus is on supplying the feed industry with highly effective products like vitamins, carotenoids, enzymes and organic acids. We offer our customers solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resource efficiency as well as animal wellbeing. Digital technologies increasingly expand our portfolio. Examples include Opteinics (software for more sustainable production), trinamiX (mobile NIR spectroscopy solution) and Cloudfarms (pig management system). This makes BASF a leading provider when it comes to future-oriented digital solutions for animal nutrition. Our product portfolio for livestock and companion animals includes:

  • Carotenoids
  • Conjugated linoleic acid
  • Enzymes
  • Glycinates
  • Monoglycerides
  • Mycotoxin binders
  • Organic acids
  • Vitamins applications

Human nutrition

Our health ingredients are based on a combination of scientific approach, technical and application expertise that contribute to leading healthy and active lifestyles. Used for a wide range of applications in strategic market segments including early life nutrition, dietary supplements, functional nutrition and food colors, our product range comprises:

  • Vitamins
  • Carotenoids
  • Omega-3 natural oils and powders
  • Plant sterols
  • Conjugated linoleic acid

In our food fortification initiative, our health ingredients help fortify staple foods to combat micronutrient deficiencies across the world. Furthermore, we offer a comprehensive performance ingredient portfolio for the beverage and food industry. Our products are used as stabilizers or colorants in various applications and include:

  • Emulsifiers
  • Enzymes
  • Specialty compounds
  • Filtration aids


Pharma solutions

In pharma solutions, we produce innovative excipients and active ingredients of outstanding quality and performance. With digital solutions, such as the Virtual Pharma Assistants, and a global team of industry experts, BASF supports its customers in developing efficient, cost-effective, and reliable formulations. Equipped with an in-depth understanding of multiple technologies and applications, we have the knowledge and resources to make biologics and drug manufacturing as well as delivery safer and more sustainable.


BASF develops, produces and markets a comprehensive selection of high-performance enzymes for a range of industries. By harnessing the power of nature and leveraging our unique, patented technology, we create a broad range of specialty products that meet high-value commercial needs. BASF enzyme solutions are designed to generate revenue in an environmentally sustainable way by maximizing efficiency while improving environmental performance. We offer industrial enzymes for the following markets:

  • Animal nutrition
  • Bioethanol
  • Home care and industrial & institutional solutions

BASF’s Nutrition & Health division is among the top three suppliers in all important product groups worldwide.

  • Animal nutrition: DSM, IFF, NHU, ZMC
  • Aroma ingredients: IFF, NHU, Symrise
  • Enzymes: IFF, Novozymes
  • Human nutrition: DSM, IFF, Kerry Group, NHU, ZMC
  • Pharma solutions: Ashland, Croda, Evonik, Huatai, IOL, KD Pharma, Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Solara

Together with our partners, we continuously work on translating ideas into innovations. Ongoing process innovation ensures technological and cost leadership in our major product lines.

(from 2019 onward)

Product group Description Year
Animal nutrition Acquisition of Cloudfarms, Slovakia 2020
Expansion of vitamin A production plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany 2021
Aroma ingredients Acquisition of Isobionics, Netherlands            2019
Enzymes Capacity expansion of enzyme plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany 2021
Investment in production setup for bacterial enzymes and biotechnology products, Kundl/Schaftenau, Austria1
Pharma solutions Expansion of PVP value chain: extension of capacities in Ludwigshafen, Germany; Shanghai, China; Geismar, Louisiana 2016– 2019
Expansion of ibuprofen production in Bishop, Texas 2020

1 Joint investment with Care Chemicals division

(from 2019 onward)

Product group Site Year
Human nutrition Divestiture of site in Kankakee, Illinois, and associated businesses of vegetable-oil-based pharmaceutical raw material sterols, natural vitamin E, anionic surfactants and esters 2021
Pharma solutions Divestiture of Kalundborg site, Denmark, Omega-3 production 2020

Product group Site
Animal nutrition Gunsan, South Korea; Ludwigshafen, Germany; Shenyang, China
Aroma ingredients Geleen, Netherlands; Kuantan, Malaysia; Ludwigshafen, Germany
Human nutrition Ballerup, Denmark; Boussens, France; Cheltenham, Hutt Lagoon and Whyalla, Australia; Gunsan, South Korea; Illertissen and Ludwigshafen, Germany
Pharma solutions Bishop, Texas; Callanish, United Kingdom; Sandefjord, Norway


An innovative feed enzyme to unlock valuable nutrients

BASF has launched the new enzyme product Natupulse® TS for animal feed. Natupulse® TS is a non-starch polysaccharide (NSP) enzyme. Adding β-mannanase to animal feed decreases digesta viscosity, thereby increasing the nutrient and energy digestibility and improving feed efficiency. In addition, Natupulse® TS cleaves β-mannans, resulting in manno-oligosaccharides (MOS).

Last Update June 13, 2022