BASF Report 2021

Segment Profile

In the Nutrition & Care segment, consisting of the Care Chemicals and Nutrition & Health divisions, we serve the growing and increasingly sophisticated demands for fast-moving consumer goods. Our customers include food and feed producers as well as the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, detergent and cleaner industries. We also offer solutions for technical applications and for crop protection and nutrition. We strive to expand our position as a leading provider of ingredients and solutions for consumer goods in the areas of nutrition, home and personal care. Our goal is to drive organic growth. We focus on emerging markets, new business models and sustainability trends in consumer markets, supported by acquisitions.


Keeping on top of rapidly changing consumer trends in a fast-moving cosmetics market is a major challenge for traditional market analyses and product development processes. BASF developed a new digital platform to address precisely this: D’lite helps customers to identify the best cosmetic offerings and ingredients. This service combines the Care Chemicals division’s industry knowledge with a wide range of data from multiple internal and external sources, including analyses of social media sites, blogs, forums and review portals. D’lite supports BASF’s customers along the entire product development chain – from consumer and market understanding, concept and strategy development to formulation design – and enables them to speed up the formulation process by up to 50%.

D’lite – A person is holding a tablet, looking at the D’lite Website (photo)


€6,442 million

2020: €6,019 million

EBIT before special items

€497 million

2020: €773 million

Division, products, applications



Customer industries and applications

Care Chemicals

Ingredients for skin and hair cleansing and care products, such as emollients, cosmetic active ingredients, polymers and UV filters

Ingredients for detergents and cleaners in household, institution or industry, such as surfactants, enzymes, chelating agents, water-soluble polymers, biocides and products for optical effects

Chemical ingredients and processing additives, for example for crop protection, excipients for chemical processes such as emulsion polymerization, metal surface treatments or textile processing, as well as products for concrete additives, biofuels and other industrial applications

Cosmetics, detergent and cleaner industry, agrochemical industry, technical applications for various industries

Nutrition & Health

Additives for the food and feed industries, such as vitamins, carotenoids, sterols, enzymes, emulsifiers, omega-3 fatty acids

Industrial enzymes for bioethanol and food production, natural and synthetic flavors and fragrances, such as citral, geraniol, citronellol, L-menthol and linalool, Isobionics® Santalol, valencene and nootkatone

Excipients for the pharmaceutical industry and selected, high-volume active pharmaceutical ingredients, such as ibuprofen and omega-3 fatty acids

Food and feed industries, flavor and fragrance industry, pharmaceutical industry and bioethanol industry

Production capacities of selected products in the regionsa



North America

Asia Pacific

South America,
Middle East

Annual capacity
(metric tons)

Anionic surfactants






Chelating agents



Methane sulfonic acid





Nonionic surfactants




All capacities are included at 100%, including plants belonging to joint operations and joint ventures.

Formulation describes the combination of one or more active substances with excipients like emulsifiers, stabilizers and other inactive components in order to improve the applicability and effectiveness of various products, such as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals, paints and coatings.