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FIRMENICH NATURALS CENTER IN GRASSE REAFFIRMS OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE

Geneva, Switzerland, November 9th, 2015 Firmenich proudly announces that its Naturals Center of Excellence in Grasse, France, has recently achieved fully integrated certification across all four Quality, Food Safety, Occupational Health & Safety and Environmental management system standards.

“Building on Firmenich’s 120 year heritage of responsible business, we pursue the highest standards of Quality, Health, Safety and Environment across our operations in Grasse and around the world”, says Boet Brinkgreve, President Ingredients, Firmenich. “Since the inauguration of our Naturals Center of Excellence in Grasse in 2011, we have focused on constantly improving our operations and products across all these dimensions. This success in attaining integrated third-party certification re-affirms our leadership in sustainability and operational excellence,” emphasizes Brinkgreve.

“Our team in Grasse is dedicated to developing and producing cutting-edge naturals for our strategic partners, by constantly raising the bar in quality and creativity”, adds Olivier Picard, President Firmenich Grasse. “While celebrating our 120th Anniversary this year, I am proud that we are also deepening our state-of-the-art capabilities in Perfumery and Flavor Naturals to best partner with our customers in this dynamic sector for many more years to come,” closes Picard.

The Grasse site also contributed towards the achievement of Firmenich’s 2015 strategic sustainability goal this year to certify all of its 25 manufacturing sites worldwide in full compliance with Occupational Health and Safety (OHSAS 18001) and Environmental Management (ISO 14001) System Standards.

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.


FIRMENICH NATURALS CENTER IN GRASSE REAFFIRMS OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE
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