Firmenich opens R&D hub in Singapore to meet demand for plant-based foods in Asia

SINGAPORE – Singapore’s thriving alternative protein ecosystem has attracted yet another food and ingredients company seeking to have a share of the rapidly expanding plant-based food sector in Asia. The latest company is Flavour and fragrance company Firmenich which has opened a new SmartProteins innovation hub to meet the rising demand for plant-based proteins in Asia. The research and development (R&D) hub will join a rising number of such research hubs including the recently opened Givaudan, Buhler joint Protein innovation center and ADM’s Biopolis research hub. Known as the Culinary…

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Firmenich unveils new US innovation centre to promote rapid end-to-end product development

US – Flavour and fragrance company Firmenich has opened a new innovation centre in the United States to promote rapid end-to-end product development and greater collaboration with customers on food, beverage, and nutrition innovation. According to a statement from the flavour and fragrance company, the new centre called the West Coast Innovation Center is located in Anaheim, California, the home of its Durarome production site and west coast commercial business.  “Our California facilities have been located in Anaheim since 1926 and this new site is an exciting step on our…

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Firmenich partners with Novozymes, Microsoft to launch new technologies for its business

SWITZERLAND – Firmenich, a privately owned perfume and taste company, has partnered with Novozymes, a Danish biological solution leader, to launch a new jointly developed natural sugar reduction solution TasteGEM® SWL with Saphera® lactase A synergy is achieved when Firmenich’s market-leading sugar reduction solution TasteGEM® is combined with cutting edge lactase solution Saphera®. The patent-pending technology unlocks the naturally occurring sweetness of milk and bridges the sensorial gaps that arise when added sugar is removed. TasteGEM® SWL with Saphera® lactase delivers a superior tasting product and enhanced eating experience with…

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Firmenich announces changes in its leadership team, appoints new ingredients president

SWITZERLAND – Firmenich, the Geneva-based taste and fragrance company has announced key strategic changes in its leadership team and appointed Boet Brinkgreve as the company new President of Ingredients to strengthen its industry leadership in the ingredients business. Prior to this appointment, Boet was the company’s Chief Supply Chain Officer. The company said that Boet will continue to report directly to Firmenich CEO, Gilbert Ghostine. In his new role, Boet will be responsible for the end-to-end management of sales, portfolio management and industrial operations, overseeing the manufacturing sites focused on…

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Firmenich joins Global Apprenticeship Network management board

SWITZERLAND – Firmenich, the Swiss taste and fragrance company, has joined the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN) Management Board, a coalition of leading companies committed to promoting work-based learning programmes. The GAN, in which Nestlé and Microsoft are also members, is a global, business-driven alliance through which private sector companies, employers, international organisations and thought leaders work together to promote employment, through work-based learning programmes, including apprenticeships. The coalition has a goal of accelerating the acquisition of skills and capabilities of all segments of the workforce and build a robust talent…

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Firmenich achieves 100% renewable electricity worldwide ahead of schedule

SWITZERLAND – The Swiss flavor and fragrance company, Firmenich has announced that it has achieved 100% renewable electricity for all its operations globally ahead of schedule. In 2015, the flavor house set an industry-leading goal to source 100% of our electricity from renewables by the end of 2020. The group’s transition to green power was supported by RE100, a global initiative of the most influential companies committed to 100% renewable power led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP. The achievement also builds on Firmenich’s second consecutive CDP Triple…

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Firmenich invests in green packaging pioneer LOOP to support global expansion

SWITZERLAND – Flavors and fragrances company, Firmenich has made a co-investment with Quadia in LOOP, a green packaging pioneer, Series A funding round. Supported by some of the largest consumer brands, with early partners including Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Nestlé, LOOP is a new, disruptive e-commerce and retail distribution service based on reusable packaging. Firmenich announced the investment the American Cleaning Institute’s (ACI) annual convention, which the company said is a step further in demonstrating the group’s commitment to the circular economy and addressing sustainability in a single-use era.…

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Firmenich announces ‘classic blueberry’ as 2020 flavor of the year

SWITZERLAND – Firmenich has announced ‘Classic Blueberry’ as the flavor of the year for 2020, due to its longstanding association with well-being and its role in helping diversify food and beverage options for consumers around the world. This is the eighth consecutive year that the company has cast its vote for the hottest food and beverage flavor. “What’s classic is new again,” says Emmanuel Butstraen, President, Firmenich Flavors. “With blueberry we celebrate a flavor that is timeless and enduring, but also increasingly relevant. “Blueberry has been a beloved flavor for…

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Firmenich acquires Evonik’s flavor extraction technology unit in Germany

SWITZERLAND – Firmenich, a global fragrance and flavor company, has acquired the CO2 extraction business from Evonik Industries located in Trostberg, Germany, to expand its ingredients production capabilities. This acquisition significantly expands Firmenich’s capabilities in super critical fluid extraction (SFE), complementing its Naturals Centre of Excellence in Grasse, France. Besides being the method of choice for applications designed to extract flavors and aromas, CO2-SFE is also gaining momentum in the high-growth sector of plant substances (nutraceuticals, botanicals, food supplements). With more than 30 years of experience in botanical raw material…

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Firmenich to acquire minority stake in French-based flavor company Robertet

SWITZERLAND – Leading flavors and fragrance company, Firmenich has secured a deal to acquire 17% stake in French based flavor firm Robertet. The swiss company reached the agreement with First Eagle Investment Management to acquire the stake held by its advisory clients in Robertet at a price of €683.30 per security. Robertet produces a wide range of flavours for customers in the food industry, and operates 15 manufacturing sites around the world. Commenting on the deal, Patrick Firmenich, Chairman of the Board of Firmenich said, “Firmenich has the greatest respect…

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