Firmenich and Guatemalan firm Nelixia have collaborated to increase their production of natural ingredients and essential oils in Central America.
With Firmenich’s investment, Nelixia said it will be able to “significantly expand” its ethically sourced raw materials portfolio.
Founded nearly a decade ago, Nelixia produces natural and sustainable essential oils made from ingredients such as cardamom and styrax. The company will continue to be led by its co-founders.
Firmenich chairman Patrick Firmenich said: “Nelixia has established itself as a leader in certified essential oils, with a reputation for producing some of the best cardamom in the world.
“Building on our longstanding relationship and shared values, we look forward to giving our customers access to Central America’s unique breadth of natural ingredients in the most ethical, sustainable and traceable way.”
Firmenich CEO Gilbert Ghostine said: “I am delighted to be strengthening our partnership with Nelixia, as we share a common passion for nature’s most authentic ingredients and the people who produce them.
“Combining Nelixia’s unique range of natural ingredients with our global reach and legacy of world-class research, we look forward to creating the finest taste and smell experiences for our customers.”
Nelixia co-founder and CEO Elisa Aragon added: “Since the production of our first essential oils back in 2010, our constant ambition has been to place sustainability at the heart of our operations.
“Firmenich’s passion for naturals and commitment to the sustainable livelihoods of the local communities, made them an ideal partner, enabling us to multiply our impact across Central America.
“Taking our vision to the next level, we’re looking forward to diversifying our raw materials portfolio, while scaling up our positive impact across our farming communities.”
Earlier this year, Firmenich opened a new culinary discovery centre in Bangkok, Thailand, serving as the company’s hub for Southeast Asia.
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