Symrise to double menthol capacity

by Jeff Gelski
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HOLZMINDEN, GERMANY — Symrise AG plans to double its synthetic menthol capacity by the middle of 2012, the company said June 10. Menthol is used as an ingredient in chewing gum, candy and oral hygiene products.

“Symrise is already the global market leader in menthol production,” said Heinz-Jurgen Bertram, chief executive officer of Holzminden-based Symrise. “The doubling of capacities sends a strong signal to our customers as we are further strengthening our competitiveness in this strategically important segment, and we will further grow with menthols. Our customers will benefit from a secure supply of menthol and menthol-based flavors as well as an expanded product portfolio.”

Symrise manufactures L-menthol at its plants in Holzminden and Bushy Park in Goose Creek, S.C. The company also will intensify its alliance with Lanxess AG, Leverkusen, Germany, which suppliers Symrise with intermediate products in the menthol segment.

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