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World-famous creators, researchers developing new processes and technicians specialised in flavours and fine chemistry: a specialised and highly skilled workforce has attracted major international manufacturers including the Americans, Cargill and IFF (International Flavors & Fragrances), and the Swiss, Firmenich. After Cosmo International Fragrances, which opened an R&D laboratory in 2011, it was the Indian, Associates Allied Chemicals which set up an aromatic raw material company in Grasse in 2012. Louis Vuitton Malletier, a subsidiary of LVMH, also opened a fragrance creation laboratory, Les Fontaines Parfumées, in Grasse in 2016.
Other uses have also won fame with companies which are particularly dynamic and robust in the perfumery-cosmetics sector. Laboratories such as Lancaster, SOFIA Cosmétiques and Biocyte have all developed cosmetic and dermatological specialities. A concentration of SMEs/small and medium-sized industries boast expertise in sweet and savoury food flavourings, as well as in fragrance compositions used, in particular, by the major washing powder companies. Designers such as Tournaire supply manufacturers with the equipment and technological packaging their activities call for.
There are three main players in the cosmetics, flavourings and fragrance sector: PRODAROM (the French National Union of Aromatic Product Manufacturers), COSMED (the leading association network of very small businesses/SMEs/mid-sized businesses) and the competitiveness hub, Innov’Alliance, which is an international reference hub for the characterisation, assessment and production of natural extracts used in the flavourings and cosmetics industry, with a vision of more “sustainable” chemistry, more respectful of the environment and facilitating eco-design.
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