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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)

Applications

Whether for teas, bakery products, confectioneries, beverages, or dental hygiene products: We develop customized and authentic flavor compositions with direct feedback from our customers. Frey + Lau offers the full spectrum of flavors, finely nuanced and perfect for applications in the food, animal feed, beverage and oral care industries. One of the main focuses in our business is natural flavors. Going back to nature allows us to satisfy the growing consumer needs for natural and healthy products. On the path of becoming a successful final product, our flavors undergo numerous tests in our Application Technology Centre. This process ensures that the flavor has the required properties and is suitable in each particular field of application.

Tea


Frey + Lau has decisively shaped the development of flavored teas in Germany and continues to be at the heart of flavored tea development. We’ve supported the tea industry worldwide for over 50 years, through flavoring black and green, rooibos and instant teas as well as fruit and herbal infusions. We continually tap into this wealth of
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Frey + Lau has decisively shaped the development of flavored teas in Germany and continues to be at the heart of flavored tea development. We’ve supported the tea industry worldwide for over 50 years, through flavoring black and green, rooibos and instant teas as well as fruit and herbal infusions. We continually tap into this wealth of experience when developing new creative flavors. As a specialist in customized tea flavors, we set innovative trends and design unique solutions on the basis of an extensive range of all conceivable taste nuances. For example, with the CAPSO® technology, we have developed a groundbreaking method for encapsulating tea flavors. A superb addition to our stock of liquid flavors for loose rough cut and medium cut teas, and to our product-line of granulated flavors for fine cut teas in bags.

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Coffee


Our flavor creates moments of pleasure. Among coffee lovers, flavored coffee has been steadily moving up the popularity scale. At home, at the office, in cafés or while travelling. There are no limits when it comes to the creativity and variety of tastes; the spectrum ranges from hazelnut-mocha to strawberry-frappuccino. Frey + Lau offers a range of flavors´, especially designed for use in coffee. They are perfect additions to cappuccino beverage powders, ground coffee and coffee syrups.

Beverages


Tangy, fruity, juicy and fresh. As a renowned partner to the beverage industry, Frey + Lau produces both innovative and traditional flavors in equal measure. We have developed a wide range of juicy citrus, cola and fruit flavors tailored to the special technological requirements in the beverage industry. Both our concentrated, liquid flavors
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Tangy, fruity, juicy and fresh. As a renowned partner to the beverage industry, Frey + Lau produces both innovative and traditional flavors in equal measure. We have developed a wide range of juicy citrus, cola and fruit flavors tailored to the special technological requirements in the beverage industry. Both our concentrated, liquid flavors for soft drinks as well as spray-dried flavors for instant beverages are tested extensively to assure their solubility and long-lasting stability. They are also subject to a sensory analysis before being added to our product line.

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Sweets and Bakery products


From exotic fruit bonbons and fresh mint chewing gum to the creamy vanilla flavor of baking mixes. Producers of confectionery and bakery products trust in the expertise of Frey + Lau when searching for inspiring taste sensations. We offer the largest possible selection of flavors, covering the entire spectrum of sweets and bakery products.
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From exotic fruit bonbons and fresh mint chewing gum to the creamy vanilla flavor of baking mixes. Producers of confectionery and bakery products trust in the expertise of Frey + Lau when searching for inspiring taste sensations. We offer the largest possible selection of flavors, covering the entire spectrum of sweets and bakery products. Flavors developed for our customers are used in hard caramels, chewing gum, chewy candies, toffees, jellies and rubber products, chocolates, fillings and toppings, cookies and fine pastries – and much, much more. Moreover, we can also deliver high-quality, natural components with natural flavors and vanilla extracts for confectionery products. We test all flavors using state-of-the-art application technology. We integrate the flavor compositions into the target application and analyze them in terms of sensory properties, finished product stability and much more.

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Dairy products


Concentrated flavors for yoghurt-fruit preparations, sweet flavors for milk beverages or fruity notes for ice cream – we give every dairy product a special touch. Frey + Lau is very experienced in producing flavors for challenging dairy products. In particular, our vanilla flavors are frequently used in this product segment. In our Application
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Concentrated flavors for yoghurt-fruit preparations, sweet flavors for milk beverages or fruity notes for ice cream – we give every dairy product a special touch. Frey + Lau is very experienced in producing flavors for challenging dairy products. In particular, our vanilla flavors are frequently used in this product segment. In our Application Technology Center, the flavors are precisely inspected in terms of temperature stability, durability and their sensory flavor development. At Frey + Lau, customers find a broad selection of flavors that meet the highest technical requirements.

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Cereal


The delicious taste of breakfast. Natural flavors for muesli bars and other crispy cereal products provide for variety of taste in the early morning. From cream to cocoa, from banana to cranberry – our selection of high-quality natural flavors is impressive. For years, Frey + Lau has been developing diverse flavor compositions for the brands of important cereal manufacturers which are available as liquid or powder flavors.

Oral Care


Producers of brand-name products and manufacturers of retail brands for oral care products around the world profit from our skilled expertise in handling essential oils. Mint oils, traditionally a strong product group from Frey + Lau, play a prominent role in the development of flavors for fresh toothpastes and mouthwash. With creative new
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Producers of brand-name products and manufacturers of retail brands for oral care products around the world profit from our skilled expertise in handling essential oils. Mint oils, traditionally a strong product group from Frey + Lau, play a prominent role in the development of flavors for fresh toothpastes and mouthwash. With creative new developments from Herbal Sensitive to Minty Cherry - we continuously provide "fresh" impulses in the oral care product sector. We support our customers in the development of marketing and product concepts with the selective use of most modern analytic, which allow us to examine market patterns and international flavor trends.

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Tobacco


Tobacco flavors are also included in Frey + Lau's diverse flavor portfolio. In addition to imaginative creations for water pipe tobacco, such as Two Apple, Black Grape or Blueberry, we offer conventional tobacco flavoring substances such as menthol, vanillin and flavorings, refined by the addition of essential oils. All flavors are rigorously tested for stability before being included in our product range.

Feed


Flavors fulfill a wide variety of functions in the animal feed industry. Enhancing the sensory properties of an animal feed mix leads to increased consumption, thus achieving more successful results. Frey + Lau guarantees consistently high quality in this area. In addition to spray-dried and powder flavors, Frey + Lau also provides liquid
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Flavors fulfill a wide variety of functions in the animal feed industry. Enhancing the sensory properties of an animal feed mix leads to increased consumption, thus achieving more successful results. Frey + Lau guarantees consistently high quality in this area. In addition to spray-dried and powder flavors, Frey + Lau also provides liquid flavors for use in pre-mixes, milk substitutes and mixed feed. In addition to classic feed flavorings, we offer our customers essential oils as functional flavor components in animal feed.

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