SWITZERLAND – Firmenich SA, the Swiss fragrance and flavors company has entered into a strategic partnership with Nelixia, the Guatemala based producer and exporter of essential oils to expand their natural ingredients reach in Central America.

Firmenich is investing in Nelixia significantly expanding its raw materials portfolio as well as accelerating its potential in natural ingredients.

Nelixia produces Cardamom, Peru Balsam and Styrax essential oils that are 100% carbon neutral and traceable thus with the partnership, it looks forward to diversifying its raw materials portfolio and scale up positive impact across our farming communities.

“Building on our longstanding relationship and shared values, we look forward to giving our customers access to Central America’s unique breadth of natural ingredients in the most ethical, sustainable and traceable way.

“Since the production of our first essential oils back in 2010, our constant ambition has been to place sustainability at the heart of our operations.

Firmenich’s passion for naturals and commitment to the sustainable livelihoods of the local communities, made them an ideal partner, enabling us to multiply our impact across Central America,” said Elisa Aragon, co-founder and CEO of Nelixia.

A collaboration with Nelixia complements Firmenich’s portfolio of ingredients which are the centre of innovation that encompasses technology, creativity and responsibility.

It also combines Nelixia’s range of natural ingredients with Firmenich’s global reach and legacy of world-class research through a blend of science that optimizes production of ingredients to meet consumer demand.

“Combining Nelixia’s unique range of natural ingredients with our global reach and legacy of world-class research, we look forward to creating the finest taste and smell experiences for our customers,” said Gilbert Ghostine CEO, Firmenich.

Nelixia is a producer of natural, sustainable and certified essential oils broadly used in fragrance, cosmetic, aromatherapy and food applications.

The partnership confirms Firmenich’s commitment to offering its customers the most pristine natural ingredients in the most sustainable, ethical and traceable way.