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At a glance

At Corbion, we champion preservation in all its forms, preserving food and food production, health, and our planet. 

We are the global market leader in lactic acid and its derivatives, and a leading supplier of emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins, and algae ingredients. We use our unique expertise in fermentation and other processes to deliver sustainable solutions for the preservation of food and food production, health, and our planet. For over 100 years, we have been uncompromising in our commitment to safety, quality, innovation, and performance. Drawing on our deep application and product knowledge, we work side-by-side with customers to make our cutting-edge technologies work for them. Our solutions help differentiate products in markets such as food, home & personal care, animal nutrition, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and bioplastics.

In manufacturing, we have a long history of excellence in developing sustainable, resource-efficient production processes. We use these in four key areas: fermentation to organic acids and algae products, polymers, emulsifiers, and functional systems.

Corbion’s strategy and all aspects of our operations are built around advancing sustainability underpinned by high ethical standards, whether this relates to the management of our global supply chain, responsible procurement of our raw materials, or the safety and well-being of our people.

In 2020, Corbion generated annual sales of € 986.5 million and had a workforce of 2,267 FTE. Corbion is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.

Three lines of business

At Corbion we distinguish between three lines of business, each with a different set of characteristics: Sustainable Food Solutions, Lactic Acid & Specialties, and Incubator.

Sustainable Food Solutions

Sustainable Food Solutions comprises Preservation, Functional Systems, and Single Ingredients. We are a global supplier of food ingredient solutions for leading food manufacturers, and we excel at using natural mechanisms and processes to help them create food products that stay fresh, safe, and delicious longer.

What we do, and the way we do it, helps to preserve what matters: a nutritious, high-quality eating experience consumers can share with friends and family; our planet’s resources, which we aim to source responsibly and preserve by helping to minimize food waste; and access to affordable foods, which we make possible by enabling more efficient production in the bakery, meat, beverage, confectionery, and dairy markets.

Lactic Acid & Specialties

Lactic Acid & Specialties comprises Biochemicals (lactic acid, lactate salts, esters, and other specialties), Biomaterials (polymers for medical applications), and Total Corbion PLA (our joint venture with Total for the production and marketing of PLA bioplastics (polylactic acid polymers)).

The inherent safety, sustainability, and performance of our products set us apart, as does our passion for delivering solutions that create new opportunities for our customers. Leveraging our rich heritage in fermentation and the application of lactic-acid-based technologies, we provide value-adding functionalities using renewable resources.

Our solutions offer benefits in biochemical applications spanning a wide array of industries, including chemicals, electronic components, pharmaceuticals, home & personal care products, and animal health. We continuously explore and develop new ways to enhance the functionalities our products bring to customers’ applications. In Biomaterials, our focus on resorbable polymers for medical applications enables the controlled release of actives, patient-friendly orthopedic devices and more. Through the Total Corbion PLA joint venture, we play an enabling role in the fast-growing global bioplastics market.


Our Incubator, where we develop early-stage initiatives, accommodates three main product categories: algae-based omega-3, algae proteins, and our new co-polymer platform.

Through our Incubator, we develop new business platforms to deliver long-term value, applying disruptive technologies built on decades of experience in fermentation and industrial-scale manufacturing. Collaborating with like-minded partners we support our customers to make conscious choices, so they can create better, more sustainable products, based on renewable resources. We believe in a circular economy, where our innovations can help improve quality of life – both today and for future generations.

Our global presence

We market our products through a worldwide network of sales offices and distributors and have a global supply chain with manufacturing facilities in the US, Thailand, Brazil, the Netherlands, and Spain. Our innovation centers are located across the globe and our headquarters is based in the Netherlands.