In a humid Heidelberg this morning, Dr Hans-Peter Wild addressed invited guests, reflecting on the company's history, its current status and its future expansion beyond Europe.
Coincidentally, Dr Hans-Peter Wild celebrates his own milestone on 16 June, as he turns 70. I spoke to a number of people at the press conference, all of whom testified to Wild's influence on the company, and of the so-called 'Wild-Geist'.
"My goal has always been, and still is, to safeguard the long-term continuance of my parents' family business, which I have expanded into an internationally successful corporation," he said.
On the eve of the company's 80th anniversary, Dr Wild views the future with confidence: "The company is in an excellent position for further growth. We operate within a healthy industry, the firm has a solid basis and excellent staff, and really does create added value for the customer."
I had a chat with Mike Ponder (global CEO of Wild Flavors) and Erik Donhowe (chief operating officer North America), which you can hear below.
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