Givaudan opens Madagascar clove plant

3 Oct 2016

Givaudan has opened a new processing plant for clove leaf oil in Madagascar. NATEMA (Natural Extracts Madagascar) is a joint venture between Givaudan and Henri Fraise Fils, its long standing partner.

Givaudan opens Madagascar clove plant

Givaudan has opened a new processing plant for clove leaf oil in Madagascar. NATEMA (Natural Extracts Madagascar) is a joint venture between Givaudan and Henri Fraise Fils, its long standing partner.

“Givaudan is proud to inaugurate the NATEMA plant in Madagascar as part of our commitment to establish direct sourcing models in countries of origin that offer the best ingredients to our customers and create value in our partner communities,” said Gilles Andrier, Givaudan CEO. “NATEMA will enable us to establish and grow our capacity to develop and process natural ingredients sourced in Madagascar.”

“We are pleased to achieve this key milestone in our partnership with Givaudan,” said Ralph Fraise, Henri Fraise Fils. “NATEMA, one of the largest clove leaf oil processing plants in the world, will contribute to the growing reputation of the country’s clove industry along with other high quality natural products from Madagascar’s rich biodiversity.”

Givaudan signed a joint venture agreement with Henri Fraise Fils in April 2014 for the design, construction and operation of the plant to transform clove leaf oil directly sourced by Givaudan’s own collection network into derivatives used for its fragrance and flavours creations. Other natural ingredients from Madagascar and neighbouring countries will follow. The eight-hectare plant will process hundreds of tonnes of clove leaf oil per year and initially provide direct employment for approximately 50 employees.

In line with Givaudan’s sustainability commitments, the processing is carried out with recovered rainwater and distillation waste is recycled. NATEMA is currently exploring the installation of sustainable energy sources for the site such as solar panels and biomass boilers. Givaudan also supports a natural resources preservation programme, working with local clove leaf oil producer associations to plant fast-growing trees in the distillation areas: 40,000 trees were planted in 2015.

The clove leaf oil collection network echoes the sourcing model that Givaudan has piloted with patchouli producers in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Backed by a strong local presence, Givaudan says it fosters close, dynamic relations with farmers, distillers and a network of producers who sell their product directly to Givaudan field buyers.