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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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Fairs

Fairs

Tea & Coffee EXPO

03.03. - 05.03.2017 / Calcutta
A-2

Djazagro

10.04. - 13.04.2017 / Alger
3 F056

Beautyworld

14.05. - 16.05.2017 / Dubai
S1-F37

Iran Agrofood

22.05. - 25.05.2017 / Tehran

In-cosmetics

20.09. - 21.09.2017 / São Paulo
C10

SEPAWA

18.10. - 20.10.2017 / Berlin
101D37

CPHI

24.10. - 26.10.2017 / Frankfurt
101D31

Gulfood

30.10. - 01.11.2017 / Dubai

FI Europe

28.11. - 30.11.2017 / Frankfurt
09.0B18 (H9)

We support our customers with a wide range of services – from product advice based on market reports and daily updated price information up to the preparation of registration documents. Efficient supply chain management guarantees first-rate quality when sourcing in the country of origin. In addition, our extensive inventory stock ensures the availability of a broad assortment of products, making sure we can respond to specific customer requests and quality requirements at all times.

Along with our large portfolio of conventional oils, we also offer BIO-certified and NOP-certified organic essential oils, as well as GMP products of essential oils in active pharmaceutical ingredient qualities. Our entire product range is registered under REACH. Furthermore, a consistently implemented quality assurance system secures a perfect final product.

Production / Distillation


High-performance technologies for the finest essential oils. Frey + Lau possess an in-house distillation plant which is unique in the world and is developed for especially gentle processing of essential oils. As a result, we are able to guarantee our customers consistently high quality in the extraction, purification, fractionation and concentration
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High-performance technologies for the finest essential oils. Frey + Lau possess an in-house distillation plant which is unique in the world and is developed for especially gentle processing of essential oils. As a result, we are able to guarantee our customers consistently high quality in the extraction, purification, fractionation and concentration of essential oils, as well as in the production of high-quality fractions for flavors and fragrances. Alongside validated processing methods within the pharmaceutical area, a consistent HACCP concept assures provable safety. Furthermore, our company is IFS-certified for foods and GMP-certified for medications.

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Sourcing


Frey + Lau travels around the world to buy crude essential oils. For years, we have worked together in fair, responsible partnerships with our suppliers in the various countries where our essential oils originate. It’s these reliable supplier relationships which guarantee competitive prices and the permanent availability of oils. Regular
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Frey + Lau travels around the world to buy crude essential oils. For years, we have worked together in fair, responsible partnerships with our suppliers in the various countries where our essential oils originate. It’s these reliable supplier relationships which guarantee competitive prices and the permanent availability of oils. Regular purchasing trips to the growing regions strengthen strong local contacts and enable us to have special market proximity. Consequently, Frey + Lau customers receive information on current price developments early on, and we can also provide our help when it comes to important purchasing decisions. In addition to regularly auditing our suppliers, we employ specialized consultants who support our raw material suppliers in the qualification and certification of production systems, as well as in establishing harmonized quality management Systems.

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Pharma / GMP


As a leading manufacturer of essential oils that are suitable as active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), we ensure compliance with the highest standards when it concerns consumer protection and product safety for use in pharmaceuticals. Within the scope of our manufacturing authorization pursuant to § 13 AMG (German Medicinal Products Act),
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As a leading manufacturer of essential oils that are suitable as active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), we ensure compliance with the highest standards when it concerns consumer protection and product safety for use in pharmaceuticals. Within the scope of our manufacturing authorization pursuant to § 13 AMG (German Medicinal Products Act), our customers can be assured that we produce pharmaceutical semi-finished products under GMP I conditions. Our GMP certificate authorizes us to offer via our EGST range under GMP II eucalyptus oil GMP, turpentine oil GMP, peppermint oil GMP, as well as various other active ingredient oils. For the approval process, product registration and to facilitate a fast market launch of our customers’ products, we offer complete ASMF solutions and documentation packages, as well as stability tests according to ICH Guidelines.

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Organic / BIO / NOP


The demand for organic products and ecologically certified ingredients is rising continuously. Frey + Lau serves this growing market segment with a large range of organically certified essential oils. In alignment with consumer demand for natural products, we also produce high-quality organic vanilla extracts on our own extraction systems.
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The demand for organic products and ecologically certified ingredients is rising continuously. Frey + Lau serves this growing market segment with a large range of organically certified essential oils. In alignment with consumer demand for natural products, we also produce high-quality organic vanilla extracts on our own extraction systems. They are exceptionally well-suited for use in chocolates, dairy products, teas and in natural cosmetics. Our company is certified for organic products under the European Organic Regulation EU 834/2007 and NOP-certified in accordance with the National Organic Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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