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Firmenich: new natural ingredients thanks to patented extraction technology

Firmenich, a specialist in perfumes and aromas, has launched a new range of pure and 100% natural extracts obtained by a new extraction technology: its Firgood collection. Thanks to a patented process, Firmenich can process a biomass never before used in the natural ingredients industry. Within the Naturals Together platform, Firgood extracts complete its palette of natural ingredients for perfumery and aromas.

"This cutting-edge technology, which is extremely respectful of the environment, is a revolution for natural ingredients in our industry. It opens up new creative territories that have not yet been explored,"said Gilbert Ghostine, CEO of Firmenich. The development of our new industrial site in our centre of excellence for natural ingredients in Grasse strengthens our leadership in natural products. »

Firgood technology uses only the water that is contained in the biomass cells. Once heated by electromagnetic vibration, the water carries the odorous components, to deliver the final pure extract.

As a result of the advances made in sustainable extraction, this method is, according to Firmenich, more environmentally friendly than any other method. Solvent-free, dry biomass requires only humidification, and the process's low energy consumption is an additional advantage. In addition, the waste produced is clean and can easily be recycled, which reinforces the sustainability of this extraction method.

"We have successfully moved from the lab and pilot plant to two industrial lines, delivering a production capacity that ranges from hundreds of kilograms to several tons of primary extracts," added Boet Brinkgreve, President of the Ingredients Division. Today, a Firgood pear, Firgood ginger and Firgood green pepper are integrated into the Firmenich palette of ingredients. In the coming months, we will introduce 10 additional ingredients, followed by a series of developments for perfumery and aromas. »

These three ingredients enrich the Firmenich palette and contribute to the creation of new natural signatures, meeting the expectations of its customers.

Firmenich builds its leadership in natural ingredients on three pillars: sustainable sourcing standards, certified ingredient collections with strong source involvement, and innovation. Firgood technology supports the group's ambitions and accelerates the transition to ever more renewable carbon.

Firmenich has been a founding member of Grasse Expertise since 2017, the brand of excellence that aims to preserve the unique know-how of the Grasse region in France at every stage of the production of perfumes and aromas; from flower cultivation to ingredient extraction, scientific research and supply.

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