Firmenich has entered a strategic agreement with Layn Natural Ingredients that will give Firmenich exclusive access to a wide range of natural sweeteners and taste modulation extracts. Layn uses state-of-the-art extraction technologies to produce a range of natural sweeteners and extracts, such as Monk Fruit (LuoHan) and stevia, for which Firmenich will have the worldwide rights. Under the terms of the Agreement, Firmenich will become the exclusive distributor of Layn’s natural sweetener ingredients for all international markets outside of China and for its key customers in China, while Layn will continue to service its existing clients for the duration of those commitments.
Firmenich says it is now actively involved across the entire natural sweetener value chain, from the early stages of agronomy to developing foods and beverages of the future. Consistent with Firmenich’s strategic partnerships at source, the company says this agreement aims to ensure the highest quality, as well as the most innovative, traceable and responsibly-sourced raw materials. Firmenich will combine Layn’s natural sweetener ingredients with its taste modulation technologies and flavours to create integrated taste solutions with a sugar-like sweetness profile and mouthfeel.
“With this game-changing partnership, Firmenich will have access to the broadest range of natural sweeteners in the industry,” said Gilbert Ghostine, CEO of Firmenich. “This critical milestone strengthens our leadership and capabilities in taste, to best support our customers in shaping natural and healthier products for consumers to enjoy.”
“We are delighted to partner with Firmenich and to build on their expertise and scale to amplify our market coverage worldwide,” said Ben Jun Qin, Chairman of Layn Natural Ingredients Corporation. “This agreement will allow Layn to better serve our existing customers and reach many new ones, allowing us to invest more in agronomy and in the extraction of high performance natural ingredients.”