October 28, 2021

Firmenich enters strategic partnership with Essential Labs LLC

Firmenich, the world’s largest privately-owned fragrance and taste company, has entered into a strategic partnership with Essential Labs, LLC, a leading B2B supplier of fragrance solutions supporting entrepreneurial, independent businesses in the premium home segment. As part of this partnership, Firmenich will acquire a significant non-controlling interest in Essential Labs, LLC.


“I am thrilled that we are partnering with Essential Labs LLC, combining our unique know-how and shared spirit of
innovation for the benefit of entrepreneurs,” said Patrick Firmenich, Chairman of the Board. “We share a common
vision, values and commitment to providing customers with service tailored to their needs.” “This partnership is an exciting step for Firmenich that will enable us to bring our unique capabilities in science and
our leading palette of natural, renewable and sustainable ingredients to the dynamic community of entrepreneurs in
the United States and beyond,” said Firmenich CEO Gilbert Ghostine.


With an established customer base of thousands of smaller independent brands across the US, Essential Labs, LLC
has developed a digitally native business to nurture entrepreneurial brand builders who operate at the cutting edge of
consumer preference. Essential Labs, LLC has built an interactive community where entrepreneurs can learn and be
inspired by convenient access to a complete-solutions offering. Through this partnership, Firmenich will be able to
bring its innovation capabilities to a broader range of emerging, growth brands that are excited to build a more
sustainable, renewable and natural future for fragrance.

Firmenich President of Global Perfumery Ilaria Resta added: “We have always supported businesses large and
small, and Essential Labs, LLC is a great partner to help bring Firmenich capabilities and innovation to an even
broader community. We look forward to working with Essential Labs, LLC to support entrepreneurs on their journey
to build the brands of tomorrow.” Like Firmenich, Essential Labs, LLC is a family-owned business. Essential Labs, LLC’s founders will continue to lead the company together with their committed colleagues.

The acquisition of the stake in Essential Labs, LLC will be funded through Firmenich’s existing cash reserves. The
transaction remains subject to customary conditions, including regulatory approval, and is expected to close before
the end of September 2021.

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