DKSH Business Line Food & Beverage Ingredients is a leading food ingredients distributor and global provider of Market Expansion Services for business partners in the beverage, dairy, confectionery and bakery, nutritional supplements, processed food and food service industries.

We provide food and beverage ingredients to manufacturers in the food and beverage industry, ranging from food raw materials to food additives and institutional products.

We help our customers to develop new innovative products and applications in collaboration with our valuable suppliers and our team of specialized staff.

What DKSH can do for you

With our long-standing business contacts and strategic market insight, we provide new and alternative sources for innovative food ingredients and food additives that help drive your business success. Through our comprehensive global network, which gives instant access to markets around the world, we provide responsible and traceable sourcing of hard-to-find food ingredients and raw materials.

We develop tailor-made new products, formulations and breakthrough applications in collaboration with our team of specialized staff from our dedicated award-winning innovation centers. Our market insight and broad overview enables us to scout for long-term trends in products and technology beyond short-lived fashions.

We provide all the required marketing and sales services as well as distribution and inbound logistics for companies lacking a global footprint. We have the capability to manage your entire supply chain, including import and export management, warehousing solutions and specialized services, such as labelling and invoicing.

Products we offer in the Food & Beverage industry

We provide formulations and ingredients to manufacturers in the food and beverage industry. With our innovative ideas and solutions we help our business partners to develop new products and applications. Products range from food raw materials to health ingredients and catering items. We provide responsible and traceable sourcing of ingredients through our comprehensive global network. Our market insight and broad overview enable us to scout for trends in products and technology beyond short-lived fashions and to identify long-term trends.

Beverage & Dairy offers customized ideas and concepts developed by our in-house innovation centers and a toolbox of ingredients. We provide Market Expansion Services for ingredients for any kind of beverage or dairy formulation, such as health ingredients, ingredients for fruit juice concentrate, sweeteners and natural colors, flavors and milk constituents. We manage the sourcing of processed raw materials while also actively scouting for trends around the globe.

We offer the following products:

  • Health ingredients
  • Fruit and vegetable juice concentrates
  • Sweeteners and natural colors
  • Flavors
  • Milk constituents

For energy drinks:

  • Creatine Monohydrate
  • L-carnitine
  • Taurine
  • Caffeine
  • Amino acids (full range)
  • Vitamins
  • Coenzyme Q10 (solubilized)

For natural wellness concepts:

  • Pycnogenol (super antioxidant)
  • Acerola (natural vitamin C)
  • Guarana (natural caffeine)
  • Ginseng
  • Superfruit extracts (goji, acai)
  • Omega 3
  • Prebiotic fibers including inuline and FOS
  • Beta glucans from barley and yeast
  • Lutein and zeaxanthin
  • Green and white tea extracts

Weight management/sweeteners:

  • Acesulfame K
  • Aspartame
  • Neohesperidine DC
  • Saccharine, sodium saccharine
  • Sodium/calcium cyclamat
  • Sucralose
  • Thaumatine
  • Stevia, Lo Han Guo

Confectionery & Bakery provides new product concepts and ingredient technology with full technical, quality, regulatory and scientific backup. These services are supplemented with formulation, manufacturing and technical applications services. Our portfolio of Market Expansion Services also includes global monitoring to identify long-term trends in the markets, covering health and other ingredients such as flavors and colors, enzymes, emulsifiers and stabilizers, preservatives and processing aids, glazes, bakery fillings and sweeteners. We have a strong track record of introducing successful new products while supporting our business partners with a broad range of training programs, toll manufacturing and logistics.

We offer the following products:

  • Flavors/colors
  • Enzymes
  • Emulsifiers/stabilizers
  • Preservatives/processing aids/sweeteners
  • Health ingredients
  • Glazors/bakery fillings
  • Dietary fibers (inulin, beta glucans, FOS, Arabinoglactan)
  • Minerals
  • Plant extracts (antioxidants):
  • Soy lecithin
  • Soy derivates
  • Rice derivates
  • Flavors


  • Beta glucans
  • Omega 3
  • Weight management:
  • Soluble and insoluble fibers
  • Sweeteners
  • Intestinal health/well being:
  • Probiotics
  • Soluble fibers

The Industry Cluster Food Supplements & Nutrition serves the health ingredients, sports nutrition, food supplements and infant formulae industries. We offer concepts and applications for products such as antioxidants, immune boosters, weight management and intestinal ingredients as well as amino acids, sweeteners and vitamins. Our Industry Cluster specializes in concepts and ideas backed by scientific research and clinical trials, and suggests the right ingredients for the right developments. Applying global trends locally, we help create innovative products and ingredient applications.

We offer the following products:

Anti-ageing, antioxidants:

  • Pycnogenol® (super antioxidant)
  • CoQ10 (also solubilisates)
  • Alpha lipoic acid (also solubilisates)
  • Green tea extracts
  • Polyphenols from natural extracts
  • Lutein and zeaxanthin
  • Lycopene
  • Acerola extract (natural vitamin C)
  • Vitamins
  • Goji berries and extracts

Energy and weight management:

  • Creatine Monohydrate
  • Amino acids and taurine
  • Guarana and ginseng extract
  • Catechins (high EGCG), capsaicin
  • L-carnitine
  • Barley beta glucan and other soluble and insoluble fibers
  • Garcinia cambogia (high HCA)
  • Alpha lipoic acid (also solubilisates)
  • Omega 3 (also from vegetable origin)

Immune boosters and intestinal health:

  • Probiotic fibers
  • Barley beta glucan, psyllium and other viscous dietary fibers
  • Lactoferrin
  • Yeast-derived glucopolysaccharide
  • Goji berries
  • Vitamin C

Targeted health and wellness:

  • Creatine Monohydrate
  • Chondroitin, glucosamine and hyaluronic acid
  • Isoflavones, black cohosh, St. John’s wort and other botanic extracts
  • L-theanine
  • DHA
  • L-carnitine
  • Non-GM lecithin and derivatives

Cardiovascular health:

  • Barley beta glucan and other dietary fibers
  • Gamma oryzanol
  • Green tea catechins, resveratol and other natural antioxidants
  • Omega 3
  • Non-GM lecithin
  • L-carnitine
  • Amino acids
  • Sweeteners
  • Vitamins

Processed Food & Food Service offers a wide range of ingredients and finished products, such as condiments, wines, olive oils, couvertures, flavors, frozen seafood/fruit/vegetables, fillings, marinades and toll-manufactured seasoning blends. Our products and application concepts serve food manufacturers in the processed meat, snack and prepared meal industries as well as wholesale customers: hotels, restaurants, retail stores and airline caterers. Our supply chain management capabilities range from global sourcing and formulation services to quality control and from marketing and sales to distribution, logistics, food styling and training seminars. Thanks to our deep network of relationships and industry expertise we understand what the local markets need and make them accessible to our business partners.

We offer the following products:

  • Toll manufactured spice blends
  • Glazes and marinades
  • Sweet and savory toppings/fillings
  • Chocolate couvertures
  • Olive oils
  • Wines


  • Pork and bacon flavors
  • Beef and meat flavors
  • Chicken flavors
  • Swiss-made savory novelties
  • Ethnic and traditional Japanese flavors
  • Allergen-free HVPs
  • Flavor enhancers
  • Other savory flavors


  • Our soy sauces are fully naturally fermented, non-GM, IP-system registered, free of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, free of biological or chemical contaminants, HACCP and ISO 9001 certified
  • Other sauces
  • Dips

Frozen seafood:

  • Cephalopods
  • Mollusks
  • Fish products, wild catch and farmed (sea and freshwater)
  • Crustaceans, wild catch and farmed
  • Sushi toppings

Frozen fruit and vegetables:

  • Fruit salad, skewers, dices, cubes, slices, etc.
  • Dried mushrooms
  • Asparagus

Meat substitutes:

  • Texturized vegetable protein
  • Soy and rice protein

Our services at a glance

We offer tailored services that create new opportunities for clients and customers including:

Get the most innovative materials worldwide

  • We source hard-to-find food and beverage ingredients through our global supplier network
  • We select reliable suppliers based on factory audits and evaluation of the main qualitative and economic parameters
  • We define product specifications in compliance with sales market regulations and customer requirements and identify and implement amendments to meet regulations
  • Our in-house quality control processes and logistics operations ensure excellent service and guarantee best practices
  • Through our comprehensive global network we negotiate the best purchasing and selling conditions

Develop new products, ideas and patents with us

  • Our teams of experts scout for new trends and food ingredients all over the world
  • Our innovation centers work on new concepts and formulations and enhance and troubleshoot existing products
  • We provide you with access to state-of-the-art know-how through our close cooperation with universities and industry associations

Benefit from our custom food manufacturing process control and superior quality

  • We scout, screen and manage third-party toll manufacturers
  • We provide quality management, SEQRA, REACH, cGMP audit and change control

Let us bring your products to new and existing markets

  • We develop market access strategies and turn ideas into success
  • We innovate new marketing ideas and concepts and create new market opportunities for existing ingredients, in accordance with local regulations
  • We handle import regulations and regulatory affairs through close contact with national and international regulators

We deliver in time, on budget and in line with your specifications

  • We deliver deep market insight and control across the entire supply chain, extending our comprehensive industry knowledge to you
  • We offer unparalleled expertise in logistics processes and provide just-in-time solutions for your manufacturing needs

We care about new products and accompany them all the way

  • Our experienced sales support are focused on your complete product and service satisfaction

Success stories

  • Cooking Up the Finest Chocolate Recipes in Japan

    Cooking Up the Finest Chocolate Recipes in Japan

    A newly-opened Japanese chocolate retail store turned to DKSH when it needed something special to entice consumers. The result was a customized chocolate product and a unique recipe developed at Condirama Japan, DKSH’s innovative confectionery training and development center in Yokohama, Japan.

  • Hleks’ delightful candies prove to be a popping success in Malaysia

    Hleks’ delightful candies prove to be a popping success in Malaysia

    Already a global leading manufacturer of popping candies, Hleks showed that they still needed support from an established business partner to expand into new food service channels in the competitive Malaysian market.

  • Ichitan’s “Bireley’s” brand relaunch in Thailand

    In 2014, DKSH initiated a growth strategy for its Business Line Food & Beverage Industry in Thailand. At the same time, Thailand-based FMCG company Ichitan acquired “Bireley’s”, a trademark brand specializing in fruit beverages, for CHF 6.7 million. Ichitan selected DKSH as a supplier of key raw materials for their Bireley’s beverage products in order to relaunch the brand in Thailand.

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