|Industry||Flavors, Fragrance, Ingredient|
|Gilbert Ghostine (CEO), Patrick Firmenich (Chairman)|
|Products||Flavors, Fragrance, Ingredient|
|Revenue||CHF 3.7 billion (2018)|
Number of employees
|over 7,000 (2018)|
Firmenich SA is a private Swiss company in the fragrance and flavor business. It is the largest privately owned company in the field and ranks number two worldwide. Firmenich has created perfumes for over 100 years and produced a number of well-known flavors.
The company was founded as Chuit & Naef in 1895 in Geneva by chemist Philippe Chuit and businessman Martin Naef. Fred Firmenich joined in 1900 and later became the majority partner. The company was renamed Firmenich SA. Firmenich's board named Gilbert Ghostine as CEO to succeed Patrick Firmenich, effective October 1, 2014. Patrick Firmenich was elected as chairman of Firmenich’s Board of Directors as of October 12, 2016.
Originally a fragrance company, Firmenich branched into the flavor business by creating a raspberry substitute in 1938, followed by creations of citrus and strawberry flavor. Other synthetic flavors followed for use in processed foods and preserved foods.
On May 3, 2007, Firmenich announced that it would be acquiring the flavors division of Danisco, Noville, in a deal worth €450 million. The deal was expected to move Firmenich ahead of IFF as the second largest flavor company in the world.
On July 11, 2017, Firmenich completed the acquisition of Agilex Fragrances, expanding its ability to serve mid-sized customers in North America.
On December 13, 2017, Firmenich announced the acquisition of Flavourome, an established privately held flavors company in South Africa, to expand its presence in Africa. On February 5, 2018, Firmenich confirmed the successful completion of the acquisition.
In 2018, Firmenich completed the acquisition of Senomyx, a global leader in taste innovation and expert in sweet, cooling and bitter solutions. Earlier in the year the company also acquired Campus, an innovator in the application of natural functional ingredients for protein, specializing in clean label, meat, dairy, sauces and plant-based food, as well as Natural Flavors, a leading manufacturer of high-quality organic-certified natural flavors for the food and beverage industry.
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