As part of its commitment to feed the world’s growing population, DuPont acquired Danisco in May 2011, forming a global leader in nutrition and health and industrial biosciences. Founded in 1989, Denmark-based Danisco supplies specialty food ingredients to a wide range of industries and includes an enzymes division called Genencor. The acquisition enabled DuPont to expand its existing food business, while gaining new opportunities to address global challenges in food production and reduced fossil fuel consumption. DuPont and Danisco had previously partnered in the development of cellulosic ethanol technology. At the time of the acquisition, Danisco had about 7,000 employees in 23 countries.