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Firmenich's mint

Firmenich’s unique mint capability provides natural and synthetic flavors to our clients, as both forms are complementary to ensure a sustainable and varied supply.

Over the past eight years, we have developed an exclusive partnership with a U.S.-based mint producer, which resulted in a joint venture. Through this joint venture, we can ensure increased transparency in sourcing and agricultural practices, from farmers to consumers. We also created a scientific board, which includes mint experts, to advance the sustainability of mint.

Firmenich and our partner, Essex, have focused on conventional breeding programs and on using joint innovation and R&D to deliver sustainable mint production with full traceability, increased yield and extraordinary varieties with the potential to become new signatures or tonalities for our clients.

Sustainability is key to our partnership with Essex. We are improving distillation techniques to save energy, lower emissions, and create processes that uphold the integrity of mint. Growers are using a variety of water-saving irrigation techniques specific to the landscape of their particular farms, to reduce water usage and preserve water quality.

For one of its crops, Essex separates leaves and stems during harvest, minimizing weight and volume, and reducing trips to and from the field. The distillation of leaves takes about half the time of the standard leaf and stem method, reducing the energy and water footprint by 50% without sacrificing oil quality. To improve local livelihoods in India, our team works on improving oil and water separation after the distillation process to eliminate waste. By further separating oil and water, a greater quantity of oil can be distilled from the same amount of mint, providing additional income to local farmers.

Responsible Sourcing Strategy

Firmenich is taking a further step in our responsible sourcing program with a company commitment to engage in an impactful program: Deep Roots 2020. This program aims to secure a sustainable supply of high-quality natural ingredients, in full transparency.
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People and Communities Vanilla from Madagascar

Despite its biological and cultural richness, Madagascar remains one of the poorest countries in the world. The trade of its Bourbon vanilla—the finest quality of vanilla in the world— is critical to the country’s farmers and its economy. Firmenich has been partnering with its local supplier on sustainability initiatives since 2007.
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Firmenich signed a joint venture agreement with Jasmine Concrete Exports PT Ltd. (Chennai, India), a family-owned enterprise and a leading supplier of Indian floral extracts and natural specialties for the fragrance, flavor and cosmetics industries.
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