FIRMENICH ENTERS EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH BLUE MARBLE BIOMATERIALS, US LEADER IN NATURALS INNOVATION
Geneva, Switzerland/Missoula, Montana, January 18th 2018 – Firmenich proudly announces its exclusive partnership with Blue Marble Biomaterials, a leading U.S. biotechnology company specialized in natural and sustainable ingredients. With this partnership Firmenich gains direct access to key expertise, from biomimicry to non-GM fermentation, enabling the design of innovative and sustainable natural ingredients for the food, beverage and flavor industries.
“At Firmenich, we are committed to shaping food and beverage solutions that consumers can trust with flavors drawn from nature that taste great and enhance nutrition,” said Chris Millington, President, Flavors, Firmenich. “This is a win-win partnership, with Blue Marble Biomaterials technology complementing our leadership in flavor science, creation and consumer understanding.”
“Blue Marble is excited to innovate with Firmenich,” said James Stephens, CEO of Blue Marble. “Through biotechnological pathways and with our fermentation technology we will provide Firmenich with valuable and exclusive, novel natural ingredients.”
“Firmenich has leading capabilities in naturals, with our ability to source specific natural raw materials, and develop our own extraction processes,” says Dr. Jerome Barra, Vice President of Innovation & Design, Flavor Division, Firmenich. “In addition, we have a proven track record in bringing natural ingredients to the market. Our collaboration with Blue Marble Biomaterials is an extension of these capabilities, enabling us to address consumers’ expectations for more transparent food and beverage experiences.”
Firmenich is the world’s largest, privately-owned company in the fragrance and flavor business. Founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1895, it has created many of the world’s best-known perfumes and flavors that billions of consumers enjoy each day. Its passion for smell and taste is at the heart of its success. It is renowned for its world-class research and creativity, as well as its thought leadership in sustainability and exceptional understanding of consumer trends. Each year, it invests 10% of its turnover in R&D, reflecting its continuous desire to understand, share, and sublimate the best that nature has to offer. Firmenich had an annual turnover 3.34 billion Swiss Francs at end June 2017.
About Blue Marble
Blue Marble Biomaterials is a world-leading innovation house specializing in biomimetic techniques, microbial polyculture, and natural product development. Since 2007 Blue Marble has continuously innovated in the realm of natural and nature inspired ingredients, manufacturing pathways, and product development. Blue Marble creates value for the communities it works with, for its partners, and for itself by deploying its unique, high-powered team to create solutions for partner problems. More information about Blue Marble is available at bluemarblebio.com