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DSM Nutritional Products in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • Success in Dartmouth & Mulgrave: DSM Nutritional Products

Success in Dartmouth & Mulgrave: DSM Nutritional Products

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

DSM Nutritional Products is one of eleven companies that will be recognized for their export success at the upcoming Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards on Wednesday, June 14, at Pier 21 in Halifax.

DSM Nutritional Products is a world leading supplier of vitamins, carotenoids and other nutritional solutions with three market-facing entities: Animal Nutrition & Health, Human Nutrition & Health and Personal Care & Aroma Ingredients.

With locations across the world offering products in sectors like energy, automotive and marine, it’s no surprise DSM has experienced exceptional growth.

Q: How did you get your start in Nova Scotia?
A: It began with Ocean Nutrition Canada which was founded by John Risley and Robert Orr in 1997, before being acquired by DSM. John Risley recognized the nutritional properties of seafood, and the immense unexplored nutritional potential that existed within our oceans, so he started a biotechnology company focused on discovering marine based nutritional products.

Q: What factors have contributed to your success?
A: Success for us has had many different layers. We benefited from patient investors who were willing to take on high levels of risk, we have passionate employees who embraced the visions, we had funding and support from local government, furthered with access to well educated workers, a high degree of customer focus, and, finally, a little bit of luck in a high growth market.

Q: What do you consider will be key to your success going forward?
A: At DSM, the key to continued success will be a continued customer focus and continued focus on innovation.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you would give to new exporters, or companies considering exporting from Nova Scotia?
A: Be a “possibilitarian”, dream big, you can be a global industry leader and be based in Nova Scotia.

Q: How important is exporting to your business?
A: Exporting makes up the vast majority of our business, so it is immensely important to the ongoing success of our company

Q: How did you know exporting was right for your business?
A: The company was founded with the intention of discovering marine based nutritional products and the vision of “creating wellness through innovation”. “Creating wellness” was a global ambition from the beginning and therefore exporting was core to the company’s origins.

Q: What’s the best thing about being a Nova Scotia exporter?
A: Contributing to the local economy, helping set the example that global leadership can be based in Nova Scotia while contributing to the health, and wellness of people around the world.

Q: And finally, what’s next for your business?
A: Continuing to grow the Global Omega-3 category around the world and maintaining our leadership position through continued investment in innovation.


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