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Firmenich Announces 2021 Principal Flavorist Nominations

Geneva, Switzerland, October 28th, 2021 -

Firmenich, the world’s largest privately-owned fragrance and taste company, is delighted to announce its new Principal Flavorist nominations for 2021, recognizing distinguished service, excellence in creation and sustained contribution to customer success. 

“Our Creators are pillars of our company and the cornerstones of our industry,” said Amaury Roquette, VP Naturals Platform, Creation and Portfolio. “At Firmenich, we have always celebrated the essential role our Flavorists play and the talent and expertise they bring. Two years ago, we created the new title of Principal Flavorist to better recognize some of our senior Flavorists and their outstanding contributions to our industry.”

Principal Flavorist distinguishes Flavorists who live the Firmenich purpose every day and have shown exceptional achievement in creation, advancement of innovation as well as outstanding leadership. Principal Flavorists, now numbering only 20 globally, have also been unanimously recognized by Firmenich customers for their excellence and significant contributions.  

The Firmenich 2021 Principal Flavorists comprise a diverse geographic representation and a combined 120 years of experience, with 85 years at Firmenich alone:

  • Liliana Favaron (Europe)
    Global Savory Team
    Savory and Taste Modulation Expert
  • Penny Koester (North America)
    Sweet Goods and Beverages Team
    Vanilla & Brown Notes Expert
  • Vincent Li (Northeast Asia)
    Sweet Goods & Beverages Team                       
    Citrus Expert.
  • Andy Matthews (Europe)
    Sweet Goods & Beverages Team
    Taste Modulation and Tea Expert
  • Frederic Zucca (Northeast Asia)
    Principal Innovation Flavorist Sweet Goods & Beverages Team
    Citrus, Coffee, Tea and Botanicals Expert

In addition to celebrating demonstrated impact for Firmenich customers through successful projects, the Principal Flavorist title recognizes the commitment its recipients have shown to the growth of emerging Flavorists through ongoing mentoring and training. 


“This focus on developing the next generation of our creation community is an extremely important part of our Firmenich culture,” said Patrick Salord, VP of Creation for the Firmenich’s Taste & Beyond division. “Awarding the Principal Flavorist title is also a very exciting moment, as it paves the way for many of our future Master Flavorist nominations.”


“Taste is the catalyst to accelerate the global diet transformation. Our Flavorists and Creation community are essential enablers of this transformation, by helping to deliver the great taste and overall enjoyment to healthier, more sustainable foods & beverages which will drive positive impact for people and planet,” added Emmanuel Butstraen, President, Taste & Beyond. “I am extremely proud to be celebrating this years’ Principal Flavorists nominees and wish them tremendous continued success in their careers.”

About Firmenich


Firmenich, the world’s largest privately-owned fragrance and taste company, was founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1895 and has been family-owned for 126 years. Firmenich is a leading business-to-business company specialized in the research, creation, manufacture and sale of perfumes, flavors and ingredients. Renowned for its world-class research and creativity, as well as its leadership in sustainability, Firmenich offers its customers superior innovation in formulation, a broad and high-quality palette of ingredients, and proprietary technologies including biotechnology, encapsulation, olfactory science and taste modulation. Firmenich had an annual turnover of 4.3 billion Swiss Francs at end June 2021. More information about Firmenich is available at

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