15-Oct-2014 - Symrise AG

Symrise Opens Production Site in Madagascar

Symrise 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 approximately € 3 million. With the plant, every step in the processing of vanilla can now be performed locally on the East African island for the first time.

Symrise is one of the most important suppliers of vanilla flavors in the world. The company has been active in Madagascar, where 80 % of the world’s vanilla is grown, since 2005. Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise, explained in his speech at the opening of the plant in Benavony: “This site is a further milestone in Symrise’s strategy of establishing the entire value chain for vanilla in its source country and in accordance with strict sustainability criteria.”

The 3,500 m2 facility offers production space for extraction, analysis, quality control and the proper storage of vanilla extracts. The site, which has been completely newly constructed, has a total of 36 ha of space. In the medium term, Symrise plans to process additional important raw materials here such as vetiver, an important and popular fragrance for producing perfumes.

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