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01. August 2017

IHK Vocational Qualification Certificate in just one year

From nothing to a vocational certificate in one year: As part of a unique project in cooperation with the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (German Federal Employment Agency), the IHK (Chambers of Industry and Commerce), and the Wirtschaftsakademie Schleswig-Holstein (Schleswig-Holstein Business Academy), Frey + Lau GmbH has enabled five employees to retroactively obtain a recognized and accredited vocational qualification. The project is made possible by the “external students' examination” process. The German Federal Employment Agency supports this measure by providing financial support for training course fees, travel expenses, teaching materials and wage subsidies within the scope of the “WeGeBau” initiative, a Germany-wide program offered to employees over 45 years of age and those who do not have any usable certified vocational training.

Vocational qualification made easy? Far from it: the employees had to intensively study and prepare for the regular theory portion of the exam as well as the practical examination in just one year, on a part-time basis – a study course which would usually take two to three years at a vocational college. This can only be possible with full support from family and colleagues – and with so much backing, all five employees accomplished their goal and successfully passed the exam with good results. Unskilled employees thus became “Chemical Production Specialists” or “Warehouse Logistics Technicians”.

Frey + Lau is a co-initiator of the project and helped support it financially. CEO Claas Nendel says: "We feel strongly connected to our staff, and as a growing company, we are continuously looking for qualified, skilled employees to join us. It was therefore a logical step for us to enable our unskilled employees to document their expertise and know-how by obtaining a vocational qualification. Acquiring the specialized knowledge also lets employees understand their tasks better, and so the quality of work increases as a result.”
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01. August 2017

Sourcing Report: Visit to Mint Growing Regions

Specialized in essential oils of the highest quality level, there is good reason why Frey + Lau is one of the EU’s most renowned companies in the industry. To ensure top quality, our employees regularly visit the growing regions to get an accurate, up-close and personal overview of the supply situation of the raw ingredients. During the visits, fields and crops are inspected, samples are collected, the growth of the plants is assessed, and quality assurance audits are conducted.

Recently, Phillip Behrens traveled to India to check on the 2017 crop of the Mentha Arvensis, M. Piperita and M. Spicata mint species, and to give a first-hand report on what harvest yields can be expected.

Welcome news: For Mentha Arvensis, we expect a harvest yield in the Uttar Pradesh province similar to the one in 2016, i.e. 30,000-32,000 MT of crude mint oil. Although synthetic menthol has become an increasingly important commodity in recent years, it cannot cover the growing demand alone, so that the position of natural menthol on the world market is stable.

In the case of Mentha Piperita, all expectations point to a significant decline in production volume: The improvement of Piperita plants is stagnating, and at the same time, other plants are more attractive to farmers. While there were still 500 MT in 2016, the yield will fall well below the 400 MT mark this year. In the Uttar Pradesh and Punjab provinces, we estimate 175 to max. 200 MT. This is currently leading to extreme price increases, and we do not expect the situation to ease before the 2018 harvest! For the new crop year, the hope is that the current price hike will serve as an incentive to plant and cultivate a higher volume next year.

Unfortunately, the expected yield for Mentha Spicata is almost nonexistent: The cultivation trend in India is continuing to decline for this mint species.

In addition, new Goods & Services Tax (GST) laws in India are impeding payment transactions within the supply chain for mint products, which is also triggering price increases for them. Reimbursement of the GST will be considerably delayed, and the manufacturers will thus calculate higher sales prices for exports as well.

Even though Mr. Behrens brought back some figures that were not completely pleasing, at Frey + Lau, close contact with the producers is the foundation for a good and long-lasting cooperation. This approach lets us ensure that the raw ingredients meet our high quality standards.
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19. May 2017

Beautyworld Dubai 2017

A complete success with an oriental line: Frey + Lau at the 2017 Beautyworld

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17. May 2017

Frey + Lau on the run!

Henstedt-Ulzburg is running – and we are right along with it. The New York Marathon? It can’t ke
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05. April 2017

Fragrance Trends 2018

Day after day, we encounter a myriad of impressions and trends from many different areas of life. Ou
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Tea & Coffee EXPO

03.03. - 05.03.2017 / Calcutta
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14.05. - 16.05.2017 / Dubai
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22.05. - 25.05.2017 / Tehran

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20.09. - 21.09.2017 / São Paulo
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18.10. - 20.10.2017 / Berlin
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24.10. - 26.10.2017 / Frankfurt
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Explore your Senses

Essential Oils

Real natural talents

We source essential oils from all over the world. The excellent reputation of our essential oils is founded on global sourcing of the best qualities, vast products and market expertise. Frey + Lau has over 175 years of experience in processing these raw materials. As a leading manufacturer, we refine the essential oils using our unique distillation plant. The result is consistent quality at the highest level, ideally suited for pharmaceuticals, oral care and wellness products, or as flavor and fragrance components.

Flavors

Sensational taste

Whether fruity, sweet or chocolaty, powdered, granulated, liquid or encapsulated – developing great flavors is our specialty. Our flavorists meet and shape the desires of our user with their innovative and imaginative creations. In order to be successful, we monitor markets and current trends around the world. Flavors emerging from our state-of-the-art Flavor Design Center put an individual character on all products, giving them a unique note. We regularly create tempting taste experiences, particularly for the food, tea, beverage and oral care industries.

Fragrances

Inventive inspirations

The distinct fragrance compositions from Frey + Lau evoke emotions, experiences and memories. Many of them contribute to a feeling of happiness, while others calm or relieve the senses. Our perfumers transfer ideas into successful products. They have mastered the art of creating tempting compositions which provide fragrant accents in the personal care, home care and technical perfumery segments. Based on the perfect interaction of creativity, knowledge and technology, we develop unique and tailor-made fragrance concepts for our customers that are precisely customized to consumer preferences in national and international target markets.

Aroma Chemicals

Quality in stock

The selection of qualified and reliable supply sources worldwide is based on efficient supply chain management, regular audits, manufacturer visits and comprehensive in-house quality control of all supplied raw materials. These components are the foundation of our raw materials business. Our extensive inventory stock ensures that we can immediately supply our partners with the best possible qualities. We are experts in the development of flavours and fragrances, and we understand the special requirements placed on fragrance and flavouring substances.

Quality

Our customer service is focused on quality. It is an expression of the highest quality standards which we instill throughout our entire company. From sourcing and product development through to delivery and beyond – quality is of vital importance. In addition to state-of-the-art production and equipment, a certified quality management system also plays an important role in this respect. We continuously work to further develop our stringent quality and environmental standards, to ensure that we consistently meet the individual quality requirements of our customers daily, and in an environmentally responsible manner.

Company

Frey + Lau is a leading mid-sized manufacturer of essential oils, flavors and fragrances. At our location north of Hamburg, more than 170 employees develop and produce our high-quality products. With targeted investments, we have been extremely successful at expanding the business with flavors and fragrances. Today, we supply customers around the world in the beverage, food, animal feed, cosmetic, fabric care, home care and pharmaceutical industries.

Careers

Frey + Lau is known around the world for its future-oriented, innovative product development and production of essential oils, flavors and fragrances. As an independent, family-owned company, we pursue high standards in the areas of development, research, service and quality. Streamlined structures ensure that our employees are closely integrated into our economic principle of responsibility. With this approach, we design and shape the future each day together, with creativity and flexibility. We welcome your interest in joining our team and would like to introduce ourselves as an employer on the following pages.

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