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Timeline 1768-2021

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.

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In 2021, Myrissi, DDW The Colour House and 25% of b.kolor make up & skin care join Givaudan

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    Alderys

    Alderys joins Givaudan in 2020

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      Seven companies join Givaudan: the cosmetics business of AMSilk, Albert Vieille, Fragrance Oils, Golden Frog, the cosmetics business of Indena, drom fragrances and Ungerer

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        Naturex, Centroflora Nutra, Expressions Parfumées

        Naturex joins Givaudan together with Centroflora Nutra and Expressions Parfumées

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          Active International and Vika

          Activ International and Vika join Givaudan

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            Spicetec joins Givaudan

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              Induchem

              Acquisition of Induchem

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                Soliance

                Soliance joins Givaudan

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                  Quest International

                  Acquisition of Quest International, enabling Givaudan to become the undisputed leader in flavours and fragrances

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                    International Bioflavors Inc. (IBF)

                    Acquisition of International Bioflavors Inc. (IBF), a US fermentation technology company

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                      FIS

                       

                      Jordi Roca

                      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.

                       
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                      Swiss stock exchange

                      Givaudan-Roure splits from Hoffman-LaRoche and changes its name to Givaudan SA, which is listed on the Six Swiss Exchange

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                        Givaudan's TasteTrek®

                        Givaudan launches TasteTrek® to explore a world of flavours

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                          Tastemaker

                          Acquisition of US flavours company Tastemaker, making Givaudan-Roure the world’s largest flavours organisation

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                            ScentTrek®

                            Givaudan-Roure wins first Fragrance Foundations FiFi® Technological Breakthrough Award with ScentTrek®.

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                              Givaudan invests in Asia and expands in high growth markets

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                                Givaudan Roure

                                Givaudan and Roure merge under Hoffmann-LaRoche

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                                  Xavier Givaudan, aged 97, sells the business to Hoffmann-LaRoche

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                                    Givaudan expands to Latin America.

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                                      Esrolko SA

                                      Givaudan enters the flavours business with the acquisition of Esrolko SA.

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                                        The Essential Oils

                                        Ernest Guenther, a chemist at Fritzsche, Dodge & Olcott publishes The Essential Oils, still a standard of trade today.

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                                          Jean Carles

                                          Establishes an olfactory apprenticeship, later leading to our world-renowned Perfumery School

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                                            ‘Shocking’

                                            ‘Shocking’ is one of the first designer fragrances created by perfumers from Roure-Bertrand

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                                              Givaudan and others pioneer synthetic fragrance ingredients and promotes use of fragrances in consumer products

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                                                First use of chemical transformation to obtain flavours.

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                                                  Fries & Fries develop a method for flavours in powder form

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                                                    Roure’s work with ‘absolutes’ to extract floral essences wins the Grand Prize at the Universal Exhibition of Paris.

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                                                      Léon and Xavier Givaudan

                                                      Léon and Xavier Givaudan embark on a rich journey with the founding of Givaudan in Zürich, Switzerland

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                                                        Kurt Oestreich and Westfälische Essenzenfabrik are founded and herald the birth of the flavours industry

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                                                          Claude Roure

                                                          Claude Roure establishes Roure-Bertrand & Fils providing aromatic plants and essential oils such as jasmine and rose.

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                                                            Dodge & Olcott began importing and selling essential oils as cookery gets more elaborate

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                                                              Antoine Chiris enters the world of fragrances by harvesting flora and fauna