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Timeline 1768-2018

From our historic roots in Grasse to the present day, Givaudan’s 250-year journey has been marked by milestones in invention and acquisition, creativity, passion and innovation. Discover fascinating moments from our ongoing odyssey to enrich the world of scents and taste.
  • 1768
    Antoine Chiris enters the world of fragances by harvesting flora and fauna
    1768
    Antoine Chiris enters the world of fragances by harvesting flora and fauna
  • 1796
    Dodge & Olcott began importing and selling essential oils as cookery gets more elaborate
    1796
    Dodge & Olcott began importing and selling essential oils as cookery gets more elaborate
  • 1820
    Claude Roure establishes Roure-Bertrand & Fils
    Providing aromatic plants and essential oils such as jasmine and rose.
    1820
    Claude Roure establishes Roure-Bertrand & Fils
  • 1862
    Kurt Oestreich and Westfälische Essenzenfabrik are founded and herald the birth of the flavours industry.
    1862
  • 1895
    Léon and Xavier Givaudan embark on a rich journey with the founding of Givaudan in Zürich, Switzerland
    1895
    Léon and Xavier Givaudan embark on a rich journey with the founding of Givaudan in Zürich, Switzerland
  • 1900
    Roure’s work with ‘absolutes’ to extract floral essences wins the Grand Prize at the Universal Exhibition of Paris.
    1900
  • 1910s
    First use of chemical transformation to obtain flavours.
    1910s
  • 1910
    Fries & Fries develop a method for flavours in powder form.
    1910
  • 1900-1950
    Givaudan and others pioneer synthetic fragrance ingredients
    1900-1950
    Givaudan and others pioneer synthetic fragrance ingredients
  • 1937
    ‘Shocking’ is one of the first designer fragrances
    Created by perfumers from Roure-Bertrand.
    1937
    ‘Shocking’ is one of the first designer fragrances
  • 1900-1950
    Givaudan promotes use of fragrances in consumer products
    1900-1950
    Givaudan promotes use of fragrances in consumer products
  • 1946
    Jean Carles
    Establishes an olfactory apprenticeship, later leading to our world-renowned Perfumery School.
    1946
    Jean Carles
  • 1947
    Ernest Guenther, a chemist at Fritzsche, Dodge & Olcott publishes The Essential Oils, still a standard of trade today.
    1947
  • 1948
    Givaudan enters the flavours business with the acquisition of Esrolko SA.
    1948
  • 1949-1955
    Givaudan expands to Latin America.
    1949-1955
  • 1963
    Xavier Givaudan, aged 97, sells the business to Hoffmann-LaRoche.
    1963
  • 1991
    Givaudan and Roure merge under Hoffmann-LaRoche
    1991
    Givaudan and Roure merge under Hoffmann-LaRoche
  • 1995
    Givaudan invests in Asia and expands in high growth markets.
    1995
  • 1996
    Givaudan-Roure wins first Fragrance Foundations FiFi® Technological Breakthrough Award with ScentTrek®.
    1996
  • 1997
    Acquisition of US flavours company Tastemaker, making Givaudan-Roure the world’s largest flavours organisation.
    1997
  • 1999
    Givaudan launches TasteTrek® to explore a world of flavours.
    1999
  • 2000
    Givaudan-Roure splits from Hoffman-LaRoche and changes its name to Givaudan SA, which is listed on the Six Swiss Exchange.
    2000
  • 2002
    The ‘World's 50 Best Restaurants List’ is launched, later to include celebrated chefs from Givaudan’s Chef’s Council.
    2002
  • 2002
    Acquisition of FIS, the flavour division of Nestlé
    2002
    Acquisition of FIS, the flavour division of Nestlé
  • 2007
    Acquisition of Quest International, enabling Givaudan to become the undisputed leader in flavours and fragrances.
    2007
  • 2003
    Acquisition of IBF, a US fermentation technology company
    2003
    Acquisition of IBF, a US fermentation technology company
  • 2014
    Soliance, French cosmetic ingredients company, joins Givaudan.
    2014
  • 2015
    Acquisition of cosmetics ingredients company Induchem Holding AG.
    2015
  • 2016
    Spicetec Flavors & Seasonings is acquired from ConAgra Foods.
    2016
  • 2017
    Activ International and Vika B.V. join Givaudan.
    2017
  • 2018
    Expressions Parfumées joins Givaudan in 2018.
    2018
  • 2018
    Centroflora Nutra joins Givaudan in 2018.
    2018