Sensient Natural Ingredients LLC (SNI), a processor and supplier of dehydrated vegetable products and natural food ingredients, announced that it has finalized a transaction to acquire New Mexico Chili Products Inc., a dehydrated chili production facility in Deming, N.M., that processes capsicums and a variety of specialty chilies for commercial sale to CPG food manufacturers, spice blenders, and foodservice customers.

According to SNI’s general manager, Michael Finete, “This acquisition aligns with our long-term business strategy to advance our leadership position in select growth categories as well as fortify our robust supply chain. This is also an opportunity to better service our customers and satisfy the food industry’s increased demand for on-trend, value-added, natural, and organic ingredients that are sustainably sourced and traceable from farm to fork.”

Sensient Natural Ingredients is one of North America’s largest processors of onion, garlic, capsicum, and other specialty vegetable products and supplies CPG food manufacturers throughout the world. SNI established operations in California’s Central Valley over 50 years ago and prides itself on the multi-generational grower relationships it maintains to this day. Mr. Finete added, “We aspire to build equally strong and enduring relationships with the respected growers in New Mexico as we invest in and support the Deming community.”

SNI is a vertically integrated, agriculture-based strategic business unit of Sensient Technologies Corporation and markets California-grown conventional and organic dehydrated onion, garlic, and parsley as well as domestic and imported capsicums (paprika and chili pepper) and varietals such as Jalapeño, Habeñero, Ancho, Chipotle, Guajillo, Pasilla, and New Mexico’s own Hatch™ chilies from the Hatch Valley. “This strategically-located facility not only provides incremental capacity for our growing business but also enables us to broaden our chili portfolio of products to offer bold flavor solutions to our customers,” said Finete.