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In 2013, we celebrated the ten-year anniversary of Symrise and look back proudly on another successful year. We increased sales and earnings while enhancing our sustainable positioning. You can read how we accomplished this in interviews and articles in the magazine section of this corporate report.

We want to show you how, where and why we invest: in sites, technologies and people. We also explain how the portfolio and customer structure at Symrise will develop as we move forward – and where the company plans to be in 2020. Successful and sustainable business are closely related: As a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, we voluntarily committed ourselves to consistently upholding and implementing principles of responsible business.

With a report on onions, one of Symrise’s most important raw materials, we show how the company sustainably and cost-effectively produces a globally used product via close cooperation with local farmers. Meanwhile, we source our vanilla from the other side of the world. With its commitment to over 7,000 farmers in Madagascar, Symrise takes on responsibility, establishing supply security and fulfilling high quality standards.

Another story describes how Symrise is investing in the Asia-Pacific region – placing an emphasis on the regional headquarters in Singapore and China’s rapidly growing emerging market. Understanding the needs of consumers and fulfilling their wishes is one of the main tasks of the company – there and everywhere.

Around the globe, Symrise researchers and developers are working to develop the right products for these diverse groups. In this report, we also present a number of projects from our new research center in Holzminden. These will help ensure the company’s future growth.

We hope that you enjoy reading about the interesting developments here at Symrise.


Dr. Heinz Jürgen Bertram

Achim Daub

Hans Holger Gliewe

Bernd Hirsch
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