BASF Report 2022

Segment Profile

The Nutrition & Care segment, consisting of the Care Chemicals and Nutrition & Health divisions, serves the growing needs of food and feed producers as well as the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, detergents and cleaners industries. We offer solutions for the increasingly sophis­ticated demands of fast-moving consumer goods, as well as for technical applications, crop protection and nutrition. We strive to expand our position as a leading provider of ingredients for consumer goods in the areas of nutri­tion, home and personal care. Our goal is to drive strong organic growth. We focus on growth markets, sustainability trends, and digital business models in consumer markets.

Texapon® SFA

Texapon® SFA is a very mild, innovative and sustainable anionic surfactant. It is 99% derived from renewable feedstocks, certified as sustainable according to the RSPO mass balance standard, readily biodegradable and suitable as an alternative to sulfate-based surfactants. The product is extremely gentle on the skin and eyes, making it especially suitable for delicate baby skin and formulas for tear-free shampoo products. When added to polymer-free shampoo formulations, for example, Texapon® SFA makes it easier to comb hair. It has also been proven to reinforce the beneficial effect of formulations with cationic polymers. BASF aims to achieve annual sales of over €20 million with this product.

Care creations (photo)


€8,066 million

2021: €6,442 million

EBIT before special items

€618 million

2021: €497 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

Solutions and ingredients for detergents and cleaners in household, institutions 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, Africa, 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.

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