Geneva, Switzerland, July 6, 2016 – Building on its excellence in naturals, Firmenich is proud to announce it has made a major investment in Essex Laboratories, one of the world’s leading producers of natural mint essential oils. With its core operations in the states of Washington and Oregon, U.S.A., Essex works with a global network of the best mint growers to offer the finest qualities and broadest range of mint worldwide. Its natural peppermint and spearmint essential oils, extracts, and tailored mint oils are broadly used across the food, confectionery, beverage, health, cosmetic and fragrance industries.

“I am very excited about taking our excellence in mint to the next level with Essex Laboratories”, said Gilbert Ghostine, CEO of Firmenich. “Together we will offer our customers the world’s finest mint from field to shelf, as well as, the ability to create tailored, game-changing solutions with the most traceable and sustainable value chain”.

“By joining the Firmenich Group, with its cutting edge commitment to Research and Naturals, we will take our innovation to the next level,” commented Mark Morlan, Founding Member and CEO of Essex Laboratories. “Our goal is to offer our customers the most outstanding and differentiated products made from the finest quality mint oils with the best flavor profiles.”

“We are seeing increasing demand for natural mint tonalities in oral care, beverages and sweet goods applications,” said Cedric Fischer, Vice President Oral Care and Mint Unit. “Firmenich’s industry-leading expertise, combined with Essex Laboratories’ unique natural breeding program, will enable us to craft tailored flavors and fragrances from these essential oils to meet our customers’ specific needs.”


The World’s Finest Mints from Field to Shelf

Through this joint venture Firmenich will offer the richest mint portfolio in the industry with an unparalleled global sourcing capacity, while ensuring a traceable and sustainable value chain. As a leader in the global mint industry, Essex Laboratories is renowned for supplying customers with the highest quality Mint essential oils and extracts supported by superior technical service and innovation. For more than two decades, Essex Laboratories has built strong grower relationships with a diverse producer base around the globe to guarantee the finest quality mint at the farm level, as well as a stable, year round supply. To discover more about this unique partnership committed to excellence in mint, we invite you to view this video.


Excellence in Naturals

Firmenich is committed to driving excellence in Naturals and to offer the most pristine ingredients to its customers, while leading the most sustainable and traceable value chain of the industry. Through its Naturals Together™ programme, Firmenich sources around 150 products, in 42 countries, impacting the lives of more than 250,000 farming families. The company holds the most demanding certifications such as Ecocert, Fair trade and Rainforest Alliance. Discover more here:


About Firmenich

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 of 3.0 billion Swiss Francs at end June 2015.


About Essex Laboratories

Essex Laboratories was founded in 1992 in Salem, Oregon by a team of technical, production and field managers with now more than 200 years of combined experience in the essential oil industry. Essex Laboratories has a strong commitment to supplying customers with the highest quality mint essential oils and extracts supported by superior technical service and innovation. In addition to processing essential oils produced in the United States, it also has been instrumental in the processes of dried mint botanicals through Core Botanica. Its blending, purification and fractional distillation equipment enable the company to provide unique mint essential oil products for its customer’s proprietary formulations. These systems also allow the company to replicate any specific quality of mint oil according to customer requirements. More information about Essex Laboratories is available at

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