Chr. Hansen, a world leader in food ingredients, announced first quarter results on January 20, 2005, and the company continues in a positive trend. Revenue increased 4 percent in local currencies from last year. In North America, however, the result was not as clear-cut. Sales showed organic growth in both Canada and Mexico but fell in the United States.

On the upside was continued growth in the sales of cultures, particularly Chr. Hansen's dairy culture system EASY-SET