Growing through diversity

Symrise has issued its first integrated corporate report entitled Growing Through Diversity, which describes the links between sustainability and economic success and replaces the classic annual report. For the first time, DQS has certified the sustainability information contained in the report in accordance with the AA1000 Assurance Standard. As a signatory of the United Nations […]

Vanilla extraction facility

Symrise has opened an extraction facility for vanilla and is thus taking another important step in sustainable vanilla production in Madagascar. The investment at the Benavony site amounted to about €3m. With the plant, every step in the processing of vanilla can now be performed locally on the East African island for the first time. […]


Support for vanilla farmers

Unilever, its supplier Symrise and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH are partnering to support Madagascan vanilla farmers. Madagascar produces around 79% of the world’s natural vanilla supply, which Unilever uses as an ingredient in many of its ice cream brands. The partnership will ensure supply for Unilever and support farming communities with […]

Rainforest Alliance certified vanilla

Firmenich claims to have become the first flavour house to offer Rainforest Alliance certified vanilla. Rainforest Alliance certification ensures that the three components of sustainability – environmental protection, social equity and economic viability – have been comprehensively addressed in the production of these crops. Firmenich worked with a local partner in Madagascar to help a […]

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Sweetener ingredient for ice cream

15 February 2011 – Iskream and Truvia brand have announced the introduction of Iskream, the first line of low-fat, naturally sweetened ice creams for the newly established, handcrafted gourmet ice cream brand. Created by a small boutique creamery in Connecticut, Iskream was founded to create a brand of ice cream that is delicious without the […]


A new cocoa experience

9 February 2011 – As an addition to its core single origin chocolate range, Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate has introduced the innovative Origin² (origin squared) chocolate range. This chocolate offers an intense sensory experience that combines the characteristic resources of the island countries of Madagascar and Papua New Guinea: cocoa and vanilla. As a result, […]


Worries for vanilla

Recent political unrest in Madagascar may affect the vanilla output of the world’s top producer Tensions have risen sharply in the country, one of the largest global producers of vanilla amid clashes between government and opposition supporters and a new wave of looting. The country’s new president Andry Rajoelina ousted former president Marc Ravalomanana after […]

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