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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

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 offer excellent services when it comes to all aspects of our raw materials. Our customers profit from our extensive storage facilities, quick decision-making processes and a wide range of delivery options at all times. With our extensive warehouse capacities, we can optimize purchasing times and source large quantities of raw materials – two decisive factors in allowing us to offer competitive prices. In addition, our global supply sources as well as the experts from our in-house analytic department guarantees a selection of the best quality at the best possible price. In short: Frey + Lau customers benefit from our vast raw materials know-how, free of charge.

Analytics


A comprehensive analysis of raw materials and the identification of individual components in our in-house laboratory is part of our standard procedure at Frey + Lau. After all, the quality of the product is a top priority. Our laboratory team has extensive expertise in analyzing, testing and evaluating essential oils and aroma chemicals. In
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A comprehensive analysis of raw materials and the identification of individual components in our in-house laboratory is part of our standard procedure at Frey + Lau. After all, the quality of the product is a top priority. Our laboratory team has extensive expertise in analyzing, testing and evaluating essential oils and aroma chemicals. In our analytic department, we perform complex quality controls using state-of-the-art equipment (GC, GC-MS, IR), which also includes our own residue analysis for monitoring and preventing solvent residue. In addition, a consistently implemented quality assurance system based on GMP ensures verifiable safety.
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Sourcing


We source our raw materials from all relevant countries of origin around the world. Reliable and longstanding relationships with selected suppliers are vital in this regard. For that reason, we regularly visit our suppliers and producers in the countries of origin. Being close to the market means that we often realize developments quicker
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We source our raw materials from all relevant countries of origin around the world. Reliable and longstanding relationships with selected suppliers are vital in this regard. For that reason, we regularly visit our suppliers and producers in the countries of origin. Being close to the market means that we often realize developments quicker than the competitors. The search for new supply sources and suppliers is also continuously secured by our various contacts abroad. Based on detailed market reports and constantly updated price information, we can advise our customers down to the smallest detail prior to a purchasing decision.

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We have a lot in stock: Large warehouse capacities mean fast delivery times. With more than 5000 m2 of storage space, we can always supply customers and partners with their desired products and raw materials, on short notice and on time right when the products are needed in any size and quantity. By maintaining a permanently available stock
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We have a lot in stock: Large warehouse capacities mean fast delivery times. With more than 5000 m2 of storage space, we can always supply customers and partners with their desired products and raw materials, on short notice and on time right when the products are needed in any size and quantity. By maintaining a permanently available stock of the most important raw materials for the fragrance and flavoring industry, we guarantee smooth production processes. Along with a state-of-the-art, IFS-certified warehouse, we have an open customs warehouse for fast, cost-effective transit business. Furthermore, we store an extensive range of various raw materials in our on-site hazardous materials warehouse.
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