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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
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)

From the first idea to the market-ready product: We support our customers with a strong team of creative flavorists, highly competent application technologists and market experts. All of the knowledge and findings from our many years of experience go into producing flavors and developing customized flavorings – using state-of-the-art technology during the process. Along with extensive development and production testing at our in-house technology center, our application technologists carry out intensive application and stability testing to evaluate the flavors. Moreover, we precisely tailor products to various market and legal requirements.

Production


We are an organization, in which a high degree of expert knowledge and technical expertise unite with stringent quality standards. These factors are essential for the production of liquid, powdered and encapsulated flavors. Depending on our customers’ requirements, we can produce smaller quantities as well as uniform batches of up to 25
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We are an organization, in which a high degree of expert knowledge and technical expertise unite with stringent quality standards. These factors are essential for the production of liquid, powdered and encapsulated flavors. Depending on our customers’ requirements, we can produce smaller quantities as well as uniform batches of up to 25 tons. Most up-to-date production equipment and continuous monitoring of all production processes through HACCP and IFS guarantee the highest degree of product safety and quality. Our extensive on-site warehouse capacities and streamlined production processes increase our flexibility and guarantee very short delivery times. We continually invest in new technologies and in the further expansion of our manufacturing plant, for a shared and successful future with our customers and partners.

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Product Development


Equipped with vast experience, a good feeling for trends and a keen sense of taste, our experts develop fine tasting flavors for customers in a diverse range of industries. Frey + Lau offers a wide reaching portfolio of flavor compositions which are used around the world in tea, coffee, beverages, confectioneries and bakery products, as well
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Equipped with vast experience, a good feeling for trends and a keen sense of taste, our experts develop fine tasting flavors for customers in a diverse range of industries. Frey + Lau offers a wide reaching portfolio of flavor compositions which are used around the world in tea, coffee, beverages, confectioneries and bakery products, as well as in oral care products and animal feed. With a wealth of expertise, we create new, future-oriented and innovative flavor experiences precisely tailored to our customers' needs. Close cooperation between the developers and the application technologists, marketing and sales departments supports our integrated concept of successful project management.

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Application Technology


The development of flavors and taste experiences is a profession unlike any other. Its powered by the imagination and inventiveness of the flavorists, from their precise technical and market knowledge and complex analytical testing procedures. In our application laboratory, the flavors are subject to elaborate application tests to examine
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The development of flavors and taste experiences is a profession unlike any other. Its powered by the imagination and inventiveness of the flavorists, from their precise technical and market knowledge and complex analytical testing procedures. In our application laboratory, the flavors are subject to elaborate application tests to examine their individual operational capability, stability and authenticity. This essential step allows us to accurately determine how the sense and taste release in the final product. With this purpose we incorporate a broad variety of flavors into bakery products, chewing gum, chocolates, hard caramels, jelly products and beverages. The selection, evaluation and quality assessment is then continued as part of our sensory technology and analysis. We provide product innovations, technical concepts or recipe optimizations, supporting our customers until the product makes its way to the sales shelves. We are only satisfied with a result if everything is at its right place.

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Vanilla Extraction


Vanilla is one of the most valuable spices in the world. The natural flavor from the pods enhances a wide range of sweet foods, including chocolate and bakery products. It is also added to tea and dairy products. Frey + Lau has a custom-developed extraction plant to process vanilla pods. Using a special manufacturing method, we produce pure
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Vanilla is one of the most valuable spices in the world. The natural flavor from the pods enhances a wide range of sweet foods, including chocolate and bakery products. It is also added to tea and dairy products. Frey + Lau has a custom-developed extraction plant to process vanilla pods. Using a special manufacturing method, we produce pure bourbon vanilla extracts of the highest quality, which are used for the development of numerous vanilla flavorings. Our portfolio includes vanilla extracts in various concentrations. In addition to conventional extracts, we also offer customers certified organic (BIO), NOP and Fair Trade vanilla extracts.

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Organic/ BIO / NOP / Fairtrade


A broad range for a growing segment: Consumer demand for organically and environmentally certified foods and ingredients is continually growing. As compared to conventional flavors, natural flavors for this market are subject to even stricter requirements. Frey + Lau offers a variety of organic (BIO), NOP and Fair Trade certified flavors.
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A broad range for a growing segment: Consumer demand for organically and environmentally certified foods and ingredients is continually growing. As compared to conventional flavors, natural flavors for this market are subject to even stricter requirements. Frey + Lau offers a variety of organic (BIO), NOP and Fair Trade certified flavors. Our carefully produced vanilla extracts, which are extracted from pods, also fall into this category. We are an organically certified producer in accordance with EU Regulation 834/2007, and are also certified under the requirements of the National Organic Program (NOP), which is managed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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