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7 Apr 2006

Annual General Meeting 2006

The Annual General Meeting of Givaudan SA, the world leader in flavours and fragrances, took place in Geneva on 7 April 2006. It was attended by 179 shareholders, representing 2,763,687 (37.19%) of a total of 7,400,000 registered shares.
7 Apr 2006

First Quarter 2006 Sales: Strong start into 2006

In the first quarter 2006, Givaudan recorded sales of CHF 754.1 million, resulting in a growth of 6.2% in local currencies and 12.8% in Swiss francs. Givaudan again clearly outgrew the market. 2005 comparables and the strong US dollar have partially contributed to this solid performance.
22 Feb 2006

New Head Givaudan Flavours

Mauricio Graber will take over the Leadership of the Givaudan Flavours Division, effective July 2006. Mauricio Graber will replace Mike Davis, who has announced his retirement, effective 30th June 2006, after 30 years within the industry.
21 Feb 2006

Full Year Results 2005- Givaudan's leadership further strengthened

In 2005, Givaudan continued to build on its leadership position in the Fragrance and Flavour industry by delivering above market sales growth. Total group sales reached CHF 2,778 million, reflecting an increase of 2.5% in local currencies and a 3.6% in Swiss Francs.
7 Oct 2005

Nine Months 2005 Sales: Givaudan shows positive sales trend

From January to September 2005, Givaudan recorded sales of CHF 2’085.6 million, resulting in a growth of 1.6 % in local currencies and 1.0 % in Swiss francs.
9 Aug 2005

Givaudan Half Year Results 2005: Sustained sales and strong profitability

In the first half year 2005, Givaudan recorded sales of CHF 1,368 million. It maintained its sales in local currencies at the level of last year, despite the on-going reduction of commodity ingredients in both divisions. In Swiss Francs, this translates into a decline of 2.2%.
11 May 2005

Givaudan announces the issue of a 2.25% CHF domestic bond of 300 million CHF

11 May 2005 Givaudan Finance SA announces today the issue of a CHF 300 million straight bond in the Swiss franc domestic market, guaranteed by Givaudan SA.
8 Apr 2005

First quarter 2005 sales: Head wind from strong comparables

In the first quarter 2005, Givaudan recorded sales of CHF 668.7 million resulting in a decline of 1.6% in local currencies and 4.7% in Swiss francs, compared to the same period in 2004, mainly due to strong comparables with last year’s first quarter, lower prices for some natural raw materials and the streamlining of non-core ingredients.
1 Mar 2005

Givaudan 2004 Results

1 March 2005 In 2004 Givaudan recorded sales of CHF 2,680 million, resulting in an increase of 4% in local currencies and a decline of 0.4% in Swiss Francs.
7 Oct 2004

Nine months 2004 sales

7 October 2004 Givaudan maintains above market growth and expects substantially improved full year results - From January to September 2004, Givaudan recorded sales of CHF 2065.3 million, growing 4.4% in local currencies and 1.5% in Swiss francs, excluding sales of discontinued fragrance ingredients.
5 Oct 2004

Givaudan announces succession plans for Chairman and CEO

5 October 2004 At the Annual Shareholders Meeting 2004, Chairman Dr Henri B. Meier announced his plans to retire from the Board at the next General Assembly of April 27, 2005. In line with its long term succession planning, Givaudan’s Board of Directors has decided to elect Dr Juerg Witmer, the current Chief Executive Officer as the new Chairman of the Board, effective April 27, 2005. Mr. Gilles Andrier, currently Head of Givaudan’s global Fine Fragrance Business will succeed Dr Witmer as Chief Executive Officer in Vernier (Switzerland).
24 Sep 2004

Investor Visit- A Taste of the Orient

24 September 2004 It is our pleasure to invite you on yet another voyage of olfactive and gustative discovery, this time to the Far East to visit our creation, technology and production centres in Shanghai on the 2nd November 2004 and in Singapore on the 4th November 2004.
10 Aug 2004

Givaudan half year results 2004

10 August 2004 Givaudan maintains strong sales momentum and substantially improves profitability. In the first half of 2004, Givaudan maintained its strong sales momentum. Gross, operating and net margins substantially improved as some of the temporary factors affecting prior year comparables diminished and the margin improvement initiatives, announced in January 2004, started to have a positive impact.
22 Jun 2004

Givaudan starts prolonged share buy back programme

22 June 2004 As announced on 14 June 2004, the Board of Directors of Givaudan SA has resolved to extend the share buy back programme 2003/2004 concerning 800,000 registered shares by one year, i.e. until 30 June, 2005.
15 Jun 2004

Givaudan announces CFO succession

15 June 2004 In line with Givaudan’s long term succession planning, Othmar Vock, Chief Financial Officer of Givaudan, will retire at the end of 2004. His successor will be Matthias Waehren, presently with the Dutch company DSM Nutritional Products. Mr. Waehren will join Givaudan on August 15th and undergo a comprehensive introduction into his new function.