A Letter to Our Valued Customers: The Next Chapter in Avanti’s Future

Posted on July 06, 2020


As a valued customer of Avanti Polar Lipids, we are pleased to inform you that we have been acquired by Croda International Plc (Croda), a leading speciality ingredient supplier with a strong footprint in pharmaceuticals.

Croda is an internationally renowned company whose highly specialised ingredients are present in leading brands around the world. Avanti is a natural extension of Croda’s existing and well-established pharmaceutical excipients and vaccine adjuvant portfolio. Acquiring Avanti enables Croda to strengthen its position across the pharmaceutical supply chain, offering further value and innovation to both new and existing customers. They see clear fit between their industry leading pharmaceutical excipients and adjuvant knowledge and our high-purity polar lipids and services, and we are excited to explore additional synergies.

What does this mean for you?

Day-to-day, it will be business as usual. Please be assured that Avanti will continue to supply the research and pharmaceutical lipid products you require with the high-quality service that you expect. The combined expertise of Croda and Avanti within the pharmaceutical sector will allow for the continued expansion of innovative new products and market leading technologies. Avanti will continue to provide the flexibility our customer’s require during research and clinical development, with the benefit of access to Croda’s manufacturing capacity for commercial production when needed.

What does this mean for Avanti?

Rowena and I set out over 50 years ago to provide scientists with the highest quality lipid products available. Along the way, we have solved big problems, expanded our capabilities and our catalog, attracted talented scientists to develop new and innovative products, and established a family of loyal customers. Joining forces with a company like Croda, who is as passionate about its customer’s success as the Avanti team, provides Avanti with the opportunity to realize its global potential. Avanti employees and the Alabaster operations have been welcomed into the Croda Group, allowing Croda to leverage Avanti’s expertise, state-of-the-art manufacturing site and robust innovation pipeline. While Rowena and I will no longer be a part of the business, we are excited to have Dr. Steve Burgess and Trevor Shaw continue to lead the business into this next chapter.

Thank You!

Rowena and I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for putting your trust in us over the last 50+ years and bringing us to where we are today. You are much more than customers. You are family. As we transition out of the business, the Avanti team will continue to work every day to provide the high-quality products, flexibility, technical expertise and support, and outstanding customer service you have come to expect from Avanti, and this commitment is stronger than ever during this exciting time. Thank you for your continued support of Avanti!

Our Sincerest Gratitude,

Dr. Walt and Mrs. Rowena Shaw