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New frontiers in fragrance and flavours

Croda acquired international fragrances and flavours company Iberchem in 2020, the largest acquisition in our history and a major move into a market strongly aligned with our business. 

Female Perfumer in laboratory

Described as being ‘at the crossroads of science and creativity’, Iberchem brought fragrances into our portfolio, enabling us to create a one-stop-shop for our Personal Care and Home Care customers. As sensory considerations become more important to consumers, fragrances are reported as a primary purchase driver in personal care and household products. They are also a known emotional trigger, with the power to boost wellbeing. 

Our drive to advance the sustainability of practices in the flavours and fragrances sector is shared by our colleagues at Iberchem. For example, 100% of the water used by Iberchem’s production plant in Murcia is recycled by an Authorised Waste Management Company. A solar photovoltaic system was also installed in 2020 that will avoid the annual emission of more than 171 tonnes of CO2 annually.

Our drive to integrate our acquired businesses into our wider ethics and compliance programme is also shared by our colleagues at Iberchem. For example, Iberchem has hired a dedicated compliance officer to oversee the integration of Iberchem into Croda’s wider ethics and anti-corruption programme and has adopted Croda’s Speak Up reporting line.

Read more about our Ethics and Anti-Corruption Programme here