Givaudan Group’s flavour business was impacted during the first six months of the year, as its foodservice segment struggled with Covid-19 pandemic outcomes. However, in its most recent financial overview, the flavour house reports a “strong recovery” in the second quarter due to lifted out-of-home restrictions in certain markets. Robust growth was achieved across most product segments and geographies, with the mature markets growing at 6.1 % and the high growth markets at 10.4 % on a like-for-like basis.
The company’s sales for the first six months of the year were reported at CHF 3.4 bn, an increase of 7.9 % on a like-for-like basis and 4.7 % in CHF. The Taste & Wellbeing segment reported sales of CHF 1.8 bn, an increase of 6.1 % on a like-for-like basis and 2.5 % in CHF.
Givaudan’s gross profit increased by 8.9 % from CHF 1.4 bn in 2020 to CHF 1.5 bn in 2021. Due to high operating leverage related to the strong sales volume growth and cost discipline, the gross margin increased to 43.9 % in 2021 compared to 42.2 % in 2020.
“I am really pleased with our strong performance in the first half of 2021, with all parts of our business contributing to the excellent financial results and a strong contribution from our 2025 strategic growth areas,” says CEO Gilles Andrier. Among its targets for 2025, Givaudan is aiming to achieve organic sales growth of 4 to 5 % on a like-for-like basis and free cash flow of at least 12 %, both measured as an average over the five-year period strategy cycle.