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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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Djazagro

10.04. - 13.04.2017 / Alger
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Beautyworld

14.05. - 16.05.2017 / Dubai
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Iran Agrofood

22.05. - 25.05.2017 / Tehran

In-cosmetics

20.09. - 21.09.2017 / São Paulo
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SEPAWA

18.10. - 20.10.2017 / Berlin
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CPHI

24.10. - 26.10.2017 / Frankfurt
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Gulfood

30.10. - 01.11.2017 / Dubai

FI Europe

28.11. - 30.11.2017 / Frankfurt
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Essential oils – the liquid, natural talents with healing potential – have a wide range of possible applications. In oral hygiene products and herbal medicines, the natural oils are used for their freshness and healing properties; in the wellness sector, they play a prominent role in well-being; in the cosmetics industry, they replace artificial additives. Moreover, they have always been indispensable as core components of flavors and fragrances. We also find a growing demand for essential oils in the animal feed industry.

Pharma


Nature as a pharmacy: The healing properties of essential oils have been known for centuries. The natural active ingredients in our essential oils are still utilized today for a variety of pharmaceuticals. Due to their expectorant effects, mint oils, eucalyptus oils and thyme oils are often used to treat upper respiratory problems. Peppermint
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Nature as a pharmacy: The healing properties of essential oils have been known for centuries. The natural active ingredients in our essential oils are still utilized today for a variety of pharmaceuticals. Due to their expectorant effects, mint oils, eucalyptus oils and thyme oils are often used to treat upper respiratory problems. Peppermint and fennel oils have proven effective in alleviating digestion problems and gastrointestinal problems. And the anti-inflammatory power of clove oil helps relieve pain, particularly in the mouth and throat region. Within the scope of our manufacturing authorization pursuant to Section 13 AMG (German Medicinal Products Act), our customers can be assured that we produce our oils under GMP I + II conditions. We offer eucalyptus oil GMP, turpentine oil GMP, peppermint oil GMP, as well as various other active ingredient oils.

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Oral Care


Care and freshness: Nearly every toothpaste and every mouthwash contains essential oils. Nature supplies an abundance of herbs such as mint, peppermint, spearmint, eucalyptus and aniseed. Frey + Lau develops unique qualities from the raw oils which serve as the basis for our oral care flavors with natural freshness. Using state-of-the-art
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Care and freshness: Nearly every toothpaste and every mouthwash contains essential oils. Nature supplies an abundance of herbs such as mint, peppermint, spearmint, eucalyptus and aniseed. Frey + Lau develops unique qualities from the raw oils which serve as the basis for our oral care flavors with natural freshness. Using state-of-the-art application technology, we test and evaluate flavors and perform extensive sensory analyses in customer-specific base recipes. We supply producers of brand-name products and manufacturers of retail brands from the oral care industry around the world. We support our customers in the development of marketing and product concepts and by analyzing national and international market patterns and flavor trends.

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Wellness


Balm for the soul: Therapeutic or relaxing bath additives, sauna infusions, massage and scented oils – essential oils from Frey + Lau are used in many wellness products. Their beneficial properties pamper the body, mind and soul. Fresh citrus and mint oils, for example, promote relaxation in the sauna or steam bath; the invigorating and
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Balm for the soul: Therapeutic or relaxing bath additives, sauna infusions, massage and scented oils – essential oils from Frey + Lau are used in many wellness products. Their beneficial properties pamper the body, mind and soul. Fresh citrus and mint oils, for example, promote relaxation in the sauna or steam bath; the invigorating and stress-relieving effect of flower and wood oils is primarily utilized in the aromatherapy and wellness areas. Essential oils are also used with reed diffusers and scented candles. With our ready-to-use compounds or concentrated essential oils, we can consistently offer customers first-rate solutions for the ongoing, sustained success of the wellness market.

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Flavor and Fragrance


Nature's best fragrances and flavors: They are used as components in perfume oils, give body lotion its distinct character, and provide unique taste experiences. Whether it's for the fresh kick in peppermint chewing gum or the brisk bergamot note in Earl Grey tea, many products do not become true top-sellers until they are enhanced with essential
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Nature's best fragrances and flavors: They are used as components in perfume oils, give body lotion its distinct character, and provide unique taste experiences. Whether it's for the fresh kick in peppermint chewing gum or the brisk bergamot note in Earl Grey tea, many products do not become true top-sellers until they are enhanced with essential oils. Essential oils have always been used for the development of expressive flavors and fragrances. In nature-near or natural cosmetics, they replace artificial fragrance substances. We produce customized fragrance and flavor components for our customers and draw on our decades of experience in the processing of essential oils.

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Feed


Good news for animals: What's good for people is often good for animals as well. Due to their traditional medicinal properties, essential oils such as oregano oil, mint oil, fennel oil, eucalyptus oil and star anise oil are increasingly being added to animal feed mixes as flavorings. They improve the feeds taste, stimulate the appetite, reduce
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Good news for animals: What's good for people is often good for animals as well. Due to their traditional medicinal properties, essential oils such as oregano oil, mint oil, fennel oil, eucalyptus oil and star anise oil are increasingly being added to animal feed mixes as flavorings. They improve the feeds taste, stimulate the appetite, reduce digestion-related stress factors and generally strengthen the immune system. With our GMP+ certification for manufacturing premixes and additives, we guarantee our customers the highest degree of quality and safety.

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