Firmenich SA is a private Swiss company in the fragrance and flavor business. It is the largest privately owned company in the field and ranks number two worldwide.

Firmenich has created perfumes for over 100 years and produced a number of well-known flavors.

The company was founded as Chuit & Naef in 1895 in Geneva by chemist Philippe Chuit and businessman Martin Naef. Fred Firmenich joined in 1900 and later became the majority partner.


Firmenich employs 8,000 people across 66 facilities. Major competitors include Givaudan, International Flavors and Fragrances and Symrise.

According to en.wikipedia