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DSM + FIRMENICH 31/05/2022

Filed under: Mergers & Acquisitions — Joan Mestres @ 5:37 PM
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Today in the news we can see about the merger of these two giants, which will result in an even larger company, active in the fields of nutrition, flavours and fragances.

You can read the article in Foodnavigator and also in Foodingredients1st

I am sure many chewing gum producers worldwide are using, or have used Firmenich flavours at some stage- I do not know how this will affect them on short and long term. I can just say that, personally, I do not think mergers are good news, generally speaking. For sure, the potential of the new company will be huge (I am thinking on R&D potential, production capabilities,…) and I can just hope that this will be for the benefit of the customers.

 

Nostalgia 01/10/2012

Filed under: Market & Fairs — Joan Mestres @ 6:15 PM
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Now that we have to name the second player in our field “Mondelez” instead of Kraft, there many names that come to my mind which are no longer in use.

The same company, Kraft, took over some years ago Cadbury, which in turn had purchased Adams from Pfizer. Adams, a pioneer in our industry, was belonging to Warner Lambert. Cadbury also absorbed the Danish Dandy, the Argentinian Stani, the Egyptian BimBim and many others.

The other big player, Wrigley, is now within the Mars Inc. group, but it had absorbed some companies in the past, like Joyco (previously named General de Confiteria).

If we llok at the suppliers, we can also find names that are not there anymore. In the field of flavours I remember Bush Boake Allen (BBA), now in IFF; or Quest and Tastemaker now in Givaudan. In terms of machinery we can remember that names of Togum, Comeck or WLS. Many of their machines are still in factories around the world. Or even Nagema, from East Germany, for packaging.

If you also remember those names, it means that you have been around for quite a while as well….

 

Cloetta + Leaf merger 19/03/2012

Filed under: Market & Fairs — Joan Mestres @ 10:19 AM
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If you have been in the Netherlands, you have seen for sure the gum named “Sportlife”. This is a leading brand in this country and produced by the well-known company LEAF. Recently this company merged with the Swedish CLOETTA.

This is a link to the company’s website where it informs about this fact.

http://www.leaf.eu/en/Newsroom-redir/News-room/News/LEAF-and-Cloetta-merger-completed/