Finlays and Firmenich join forces


Finlays, a leading supplier of tea, coffee and botanical solutions, and Firmenich, the world’s largest privately-owned fragrance and taste company, have entered an agreement giving Firmenich full sales rights to Finlays’ European tea and coffee extracts portfolio in Europe, effective immediately.

Under this new agreement, Firmenich will focus on commercialising two core parts of Finlays’ extracts business in Europe, its world-leading Cold Brew Coffee portfolio and its Tea Extract portfolio.

Finlays says its Cold Brew Coffee portfolio serves a rapidly growing segment within the European region and is crafted using a proprietary process which delivers a distinctly smooth, rich flavour experience.

“Firmenich and Finlays are joining forces at a time when consumer demand for healthier, natural ingredients has never been higher,” says Rachel Jones, Finlays Group Head of Business Development.

“Firmenich’s strong market coverage, deep understanding of taste and application know-how will enable Finlays products to reach a broader audience in Europe, helping the food and beverage industry develop innovative recipes featuring tea and coffee ingredients to meet evolving customer expectations.”

Under the new agreement, Firmenich is responsible for the full sales process, from commercial relationship to brief management, supported by the Finlays team. The partnership focuses exclusively on Finlays’ ranges of tea and coffee extracts and covers European markets only.

“Our customers will benefit from Firmenich and Finlays’ combined expertise in product development, streamlining their own innovation and new product development process and helping to create even better products that tap into the natural, wellbeing and sustainability consumer megatrends,” says Europe of Firmenich’s Taste & Beyond division Vice President Karel Stoschek.

“Our new partnership with Firmenich supports Finlays’ mission of bringing the best from bush to cup and will help us to deliver distinctive and exciting solutions for customers in Europe,” says Guy Chambers, Finlays Group Managing Director.

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