Nestlé buying Quebec vitamin maker for US$2.3 billion

Food and drink company will merge Atrium Innovations into its Nestle Health Science division


European packaged goods giant Nestlé says it will acquire Quebec-based vitamin maker Atrium Innovations for US$2.3 billion.

Nestlé says the purchase of the privately-held company will support growth in its consumer health-care business.

The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018, subject to customary approvals.

Established in 1999, Atrium's 2017 sales are expected to reach almost US$700 million. Its largest brand is Garden of Life, which is sold in more than 14,000 health food stores and online in the U.S.

Atrium and its 1,400 employees will become part of Nestlé Health Science, a division of the world's largest food and beverage company. Its existing management team will remain in place, headed by president and CEO Peter Luther.

Nestlé Health Science CEO Greg Behar says the Atrium brands will extend its range of products by adding probiotics, plant-based protein nutrition, meal replacements and an extensive multivitamin line that is part of a fast-growing consumer trend.

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