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Firmenich increases its production capacity for renewable ingredients in Europe

Firmenich, a global specialist in fragrances and flavors, today announced the commissioning of a new multi-purpose renewable ingredients production unit at its Castets site in southwest France. The new unit, which will be operational in January, will increase the site's production capacity by 50 % to serve fragrance customers and meet the rapidly growing demand for sustainable products.

"This additional plant in Castets strengthens our global leadership in renewable ingredients by strategically positioning Firmenich to offer additional capacity for fragrance, provide superior service close to our customers in Europe and capture growth opportunities, said Gilbert Ghostine, CEO of Firmenich. This state-of-the-art facility also contributes significantly to our environmental, social and governance (ESG) goal of ensuring that 70% of Firmenich ingredients are made from renewable carbon sources by 2030."

"We are very proud of this new state-of-the-art facility, designed to expand our unique industry expertise in producing pine-based ingredients from recycled materialsadded Boet Brinkgreve, president of ingredients at Firmenich. This major expansion will uniquely position Firmenich as a recognized supplier of bio-based and renewable ingredients, and help our customers achieve their own ESG goals."

The 17,000 square meters of production space, spread over four floors, are equipped with the most advanced technologies in the sector to guarantee the highest standards of efficiency, quality, health and safety, in line with the Group's objectives. Its versatile design ensures the supply of various finished products as well as a wide range of intermediate products. The new plant offers more cost-effective solutions with a reduced environmental impact, thanks to greater proximity to the European market, thus reducing the transportation of raw materials and finished products.

In line with Firmenich's responsible business approach and its ambitious ESG goals for 2030, sustainability criteria were integrated into the project design from the outset.

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