Since 1880, Sethness Products Company has been specializing in the production of the highest quality Caramel Color. Through five generations of family ownership, we have strived to provide our global customers with the best Caramel Color for their unique applications.

Over the years, Sethness has greatly expanded our global manufacturing capacity:

  • 1880 Charles O. Sethness acquires a Chicago building and establishes the Sethness Products Company
  • 1940 Sethness moves the U.S.A. manufacturing plant to Keokuk, Iowa
  • 1965 Sethness constructs the world’s largest Caramel Color facility in Clinton, Iowa
  • 1995 Sayaji Sethness plant is constructed in Ahmedabad, India
  • 2005 Sethness-Roquette opens plant in Merville, France
  • 2011 Sethness-Roquette China opens in Lianyungang, China
  • 2018-2019 Roquette acquires Sethness Products Company and rebrands us as SETHNESS ROQUETTE.

Roquette shares the values of product excellence and long-term vision, as for almost 140 years Sethness solely focused on the production of caramel color and offers the highest-quality products on the market today. SETHNESS ROQUETTE provides a large selection of caramel colors (in liquid and powdered forms) as well as a variety of clean-label caramel color options (non-GMO, certified organic, gluten-free, allergen-free, etc.).

Chuck Sethness, Representative of the Sethness family: “For about 140 years, our family-owned company has strived to offer the highest quality caramel color products to the most recognized players in the Food & Beverage industry. I am pleased that Roquette, a Group with which we share common values and a long-term vision, will now continue to leverage on the strong assets of both companies to reinforce its relationships with clients for the benefit of consumers globally.”

SETHNESS ROQUETTE, the world leader in caramel colors, was founded in 1880 to specialize in just that – the production of the highest quality caramel colors. Today, with expanded manufacturing capabilities producing a broader range of products in the United States, France, India and China, SETHNESS ROQUETTE is one of the very few caramels suppliers with a global industrial footprint.

Always empowered by strong family ownership, (first with the Sethness family and, since 2018, with the Roquette family) we strive to support the long-term growth of our customers around the world. To continue our strong focus on caramels and our customers’ specific requirements, SETHNESS ROQUETTE operates as a strong and independent unit within the Roquette Group, a global leader in plant-based ingredients and a pioneer of new vegetal proteins. We are dedicated to the art and science of making caramels and developing formulations to better fit our customers’ needs. Our teams use a wide range of natural raw materials and put years of experience and expertise to work to create the colors, flavors and textures that go into producing the highest quality caramels in the world. We are SETHNESS ROQUETTE.

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