Bringing together scientific know-how and market expertise
AUGST and GENOLIER, Switzerland - April 12, 2018 — Herbonis AG, pioneer in developing natural products supporting the vitamin D functions acquires its long time worldwide distributor Robert Aebi Feed Additive Technologies Sarl (FAT). Herbonis wants to advance the market presence of its unique natural, plant-based Panbonis, which contains the metabolic active form of vitamin D. The deal includes 100 % of equity investment from Herbonis. Terms were not disclosed.
This investment combines FAT’s great expertise in applied nutrition and global presence with Herbonis’ extensive scientific knowledge regarding the influence of vitamin D metabolism on animal welfare and performance. This acquisition allows both companies to expand their scientific and market capabilities to meet customers’ needs around the world. Indeed, they pursue the joint mission of growing the sales of Panbonis and its product range.
FAT’s successful distribution and partnership network will be strengthened and further developed to make Panbonis available around the globe.
“The acquisition of FAT represents an opportunity to accelerate growth, an investment in both companies’ future and the expansion of our product portfolio. Together we can develop new products and applications for different animal species as our customers are looking for natural, efficient and sustainable solutions” says Rätus Böhlen, chief executive officer of Herbonis. “Panbonis is one of the most promising products on the market to optimize livestock conditions. As the product is completely natural it can be used in conventional but also in organic farming.”
Robert Aebi, former owner of FAT: "This acquisition allows the company to pursue and accelerate its development strategy. Bringing closer FAT’s strong market network and Herbonis solid research background, it benefits from further production and development capabilities. FAT, its distributors and especially myself, are very pleased with the company’s achievements, and are looking forward to the next chapter of its development with even more cutting-edge, practical and effective solutions for all our customers worldwide."
About Robert Aebi Feed Additive Technologies (FAT)
FAT was created by Robert Aebi in 2004 and is now a very well establish company in the feed industry and recognized as a top-quality additives provider on the market. The mission of FAT consists of meeting new challenges in providing sustained solutions for modern livestock production, animal welfare and productivity improvement. As a vision, FAT is continuously developing strategic products at the state of the art technologies allowing to maintain its dynamic business growth, its key position on the market and to keep ahead of the feed additive industry evolutions. FAT has a global market outreach in more than 50 countries thanks to worldwide operations with integrated network of sales offices, local agents and distributors. Headquarter is in Switzerland and its affiliate company is located in France.
About Herbonis AG
Herbonis AG was founded in 2001 in Basel, Switzerland as a life science company specialized in the development of natural substances for human and animal health by three scientists supported by a network of experts and venture capitalists. The idea was to develop natural products based on a wild plant containing the metabolic active form of vitamin D (1,25 dihydroxycholecalciferol-glycosides) in order to support bone health in humans and animals. Since then the plant raw material is cultivated on a commercial scale and contains a high and standardized active content.
In 2017, the human health division was split-off into a separate organisation called Herbodee. Herbonis now focuses on animal nutrition and has introduced new market strategies for its feed applications.
FAT is proud to announce that Solanum glaucophyllum is now listed in Regulation EU 2017/1017 as feed material with the following entry:
Name: Waxy-leaf night-shade meal
Description: Product obtain by drying and grinding the leaves of Solanum glaucophyllum
Compulsory declarations: Crude fiber, Vitamin D3
See Official Journal of the European Union (L159 - Volume 60) published on 21 June 2017:
FAT will attend with its CEO, Mr. Robert Aebi, the International Livestock Trade Fair from 12-15 September 2017 in Rennes, France. Come to visit us at our booth B37 in Hall 9. http://uk.space.fr/en/welcome.aspx
FAT will attend with its CEO, Mr. Robert Aebi, the CPhI from 20-22 June 2017 in SNIEC, Shanghai, China. The Juyuan Biochemical team will be there, visit us at booth number E5M28. http://www.cphi.com/china/home
FAT attended with its CEO, Mr. Robert Aebi and its Sales&Marketing Manager, the VIV Asia 2017 from 15-17 March in Bangkok, Thailand. The Juyuan Biochemical team was there as well. http://www.vivasia.nl/en/Bezoeker.aspx
FAT attended with its CEO, Mr. Robert Aebi the International Production & Processing Expo 2017 in Atlanta, USA. The Herbonis and Juyuan Biochemical teams were there as well. http://ippexpo.com/
FAT attended with its CEO, Mr. Robert Aebi, and its Sales & Marketing Manager, the world's leading trade fair for animal production from 15-18 November 2016 in Hanover, Germany. Thank you to all of you who visited our booth Hall 21 C17!
FAT attended with its CEO, Mr. Robert Aebi, and its Sales & Marketing Manager the International Livestock Trade Fair from 13-16 September 2016 in Rennes, France. For the first time, FAT organized a booth and we are glad to share this historical moment with you! Thank you to all our customers!
FAT attended with its CEO, Mr. Robert Aebi, the World's Poultry Congress from 5-9 September 2016 in Beijing, China. Dr. Bachmann from Herbonis presented a poster and the Juyuan Biochemical team was there as well. http://www.wpc2016.cn/
FAT attended with its CEO, Mr. Robert Aebi, the CPhI from 21-23 June 2016 in SNIEC, Shanghai, China. The Juyuan Biochemical team was there as well at booth n°E5C45. http://www.cphi.com/china/home
Below you can find the last FEFANA press release about the joint FEFAC-FEFANA Conference on "Innovation in Animal Nutrition" to be held in Brussels on 9 June, 2016.
The press release is also available online on the FEFANA public web site:
FAT with Herbonis published a press release in the Poultry Digital IPPE Special Edition.
Click here to dowload full issue of the digital magazine and below to read the article:
The Juyuan Biochemical team will attend the AgraME from 13-15 March 2016 in Dubai International Exhibition Centre. Please visit them at booth number S2B36. http://www.agramiddleeast.com/
FAT attended with its CEO, Mr. Robert Aebi the International Production & Processing Expo 2016 in Atlanta, USA. The Herbonis and Juyuan Biochemical teams were there as well. http://ippexpo.com/
FAT attended with its Sales & Marketing Manager, Sandra Aebi, the Fefana Training on "Introduction to EU Feed Legislation".
Last month, Thursday 26th November 2015, FAT organized a seminar on “New Developments in Monogastric Animal Nutrition with Focus on Vitamins” in Bologna, Italy.
Italian specialists of the feed industry could follow presentations of national and international speakers. After the meeting, the participants had the opportunity to exchange on latest scientific updates and business trends while tasting fine Italian wines.
FAT thanks all the participants and speakers for taking part to this seminar.
Fefana has pubblished on April 15 2015 a very interesting booklet on vitamines in animal nutrition: http://www.platform-fefana.org/Website/DOCS/2015-04-15_booklet_vitamins.pdf
FAT attended with its CEO, Mr. Robert Aebi, SPACE 2015, the international livestock trade fair in Rennes. http://www.space.fr/
FAT attended with its CEO, Mr. Robert Aebi, CPhl China 2015. The Herbonis and Juyuan Biochemical teams were there as well. Please come to visit us at booth E5C45 http://www.cphi.com/china/home
FAT attended with its CEO, Mr. Robert Aebi, the AVESUI 2015 in Curitiba, Brazil with Mathias Huber, CEO of Nutritec, our regional distributor for South America. The Juyuan Biochem team was there as well.
FAT attended with its CEO, Mr. Robert Aebi, the VIV Asia 2015 in Bangkok with Riccardo Losa , Marketing Director at Herbonis. The Juyuan Biochem team was there as well.
Allboutfeed has pubblished on March 6 2015 an interesting article on Safety of Solanum glaucophyllum as animal feed: http://www.allaboutfeed.net/Nutrition/Research/2015/3/Safety-of-Solanum-glaucophyllum-as-animal-feed-1720801W/
On January 16, 2015, EFSA has published its “Scientific opinion on the SAFETY of Solanum glaucophyllum standardized leaves as feed material”.