Sensient Natural Ingredients Acquires Chili Pepper Plant in New Mexico

Sensient Natural Ingredients LLC (SNI), a leading processor and supplier of dehydrated vegetable products and natural food ingredients, announced today that it has finalized a transaction to acquire New Mexico Chili Products Inc., a dehydrated chili production facility in Deming, NM, that processes capsicums and a variety of specialty chilies for commercial sale to CPG food manufacturers, spice blenders, and foodservice customers.

According to SNI’s General Manager, Michael Finete, “This acquisition aligns with our long-term business strategy to advance our leadership position in select growth categories as well as fortify our robust supply chain. This is also an opportunity to better service our customers and satisfy the food industry’s increased demand for on-trend, value-added, natural, and organic ingredients that are sustainably sourced and traceable from farm to fork.”

Sensient Natural Ingredients is one of North America’s largest processors of onion, garlic, capsicum, and other specialty vegetable products and supplies CPG food manufacturers throughout the world. SNI established operations in California’s Central Valley over 50 years ago and prides itself on the multi-generational grower relationships it maintains to this day. Mr. Finete added, “We aspire to build equally strong and enduring relationships with the respected growers in New Mexico as we invest in and support the Deming community.”

SNI is a vertically integrated, agriculture-based strategic business unit of Sensient Technologies Corporation (NYSE: SXT) and markets California-grown conventional and organic dehydrated onion, garlic, and parsley as well as domestic and imported capsicums (paprika and chili pepper) and varietals such as Jalapeño, Habeñero, Ancho, Chipotle, Guajillo, Pasilla, and New Mexico’s own Hatch™ chilies from the Hatch Valley. “This strategically-located facility not only provides incremental capacity for our growing business but also enables us to broaden our chili portfolio of products to offer bold flavor solutions to our customers,” said Finete.

All of SNI’s California-grown, vertically integrated products are responsibly sourced using sustainable farming methods. Its proprietary seed-to-shelf program, managed by SNI’s accredited agronomy division, is considered to be the industry benchmark for higher-yielding onion products with unparalleled traceability. All products meet or exceed industry standards for quality, safety, security, and full traceability, with all SNI facilities holding certifications of compliance with various third-party standards, such as those from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and certifications issued under the umbrella of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), including Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000, British Retail Consortium (BRC), and Safe Quality Food (SQF). For product information, contact SNI at or call 209-667-2777.


Sensient Technologies Corporation is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of colors, flavors, and other specialty ingredients. Sensient uses advanced technologies and robust global supply chain capabilities to develop specialized solutions for food and beverages, as well as products that serve the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, cosmetic, and personal care industries. Sensient’s customers range in size from small entrepreneurial businesses to major international manufacturers representing some of the world’s best-known brands. Sensient is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.