From our historic roots in Grasse to the present day, Givaudan’s over 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.
In 2021, Custom Essence, Myrissi, DDW The Color House and 25% of b.kolor make up & skin care join Givaudan
Alderys joins Givaudan in 2020
Seven companies join Givaudan: the cosmetics business of AMSilk, Albert Vieille, Fragrance Oils, Golden Frog, the cosmetics business of Indena, drom fragrances and Ungerer
Naturex joins Givaudan together with Centroflora Nutra and Expressions Parfumées
Activ International and Vika join Givaudan
Spicetec joins Givaudan
Acquisition of Induchem
Soliance joins Givaudan
Acquisition of Quest International, enabling Givaudan to become the undisputed leader in flavours and fragrances
Acquisition of International Bioflavors Inc. (IBF), a US fermentation technology company
Acquisition of FIS, the flavour
division of Nestlé
The ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants List’ is launched, later to include celebrated chefs from Givaudan’s Chef’s Council.
Givaudan-Roure splits from Hoffmann-LaRoche and changes its name to Givaudan SA, which is listed on the Six Swiss Exchange
Givaudan launches TasteTrek® to explore a world of flavours
Acquisition of US flavours company Tastemaker, making Givaudan-Roure the world’s largest flavours organisation
Givaudan-Roure wins first Fragrance Foundations FiFi® Technological Breakthrough Award with ScentTrek®.
Givaudan invests in Asia and expands in high growth markets
Givaudan and Roure merge under Hoffmann-LaRoche
Xavier Givaudan, aged 97, sells the business to Hoffmann-LaRoche
Givaudan expands to Latin America.
Givaudan enters the flavours business with the acquisition of Esrolko SA.
Ernest Guenther, a chemist at Fritzsche, Dodge & Olcott publishes The Essential Oils, still a standard of trade today.
Establishes an olfactory apprenticeship, later leading to our world-renowned Perfumery School
‘Shocking’ is one of the first designer fragrances created by perfumers from Roure-Bertrand
Givaudan and others pioneer synthetic fragrance ingredients and promotes use of fragrances in consumer products
First use of chemical transformation to obtain flavours.
Fries & Fries develop a method for flavours in powder form
Roure’s work with ‘absolutes’ to extract floral essences wins the Grand Prize at the Universal Exhibition of Paris.
Léon and Xavier Givaudan embark on a rich journey with the founding of Givaudan in Zürich, Switzerland
Kurt Oestreich and Westfälische Essenzenfabrik are founded and herald the birth of the flavours industry
Claude Roure establishes Roure-Bertrand & Fils providing aromatic plants and essential oils such as jasmine and rose.
Dodge & Olcott began importing and selling essential oils as cookery gets more elaborate
Antoine Chiris enters the world of fragrances by harvesting flora and fauna