Givaudan Expands Perfumery School PARIS — Vernier, Switzerland-based Givaudan has expanded its 60-year-old perfumery school, called the Ecole de Parfumerie.
Based in the firm's Argenteuil, France, offices, the facility now spreads over 5,380 square feet, compared with the previous 2,150-square-foot space.
Givaudan chief executive officer Gilles Andrier, who succeeded Juerg Witmer in the post in April, claims the firm is the only fragrance supplier with its own school.
One in three of the world's perfumers have been trained on the campus, according to Givaudan, including grands nez (great nose) Jacques Polge of Chanel and Pierre Bourdon of Fragrance Resources.
Givaudan's school annually admits two or three students from a pool of more than 200 applicants. The three-year training program includes memorizing more than 1,200 olfactive ingredients. And, at the end of the course, students create a men's and a women's fragrance, and are trained how to market those scents to prospective brands.
Graduates then either join Givaudan's 5,000-strong workforce, which comprises 70 perfumers, or go on to become perfumers elsewhere. In addition to training future noses, the perfumery school offers workshops for its clients.
Givaudan also opened a training center in New York early this year. Jean Guichard, director of the company's French perfumery school, regularly visits the New York center to provide similar workshops there. — Ellen Groves
Beiersdorf Earnings Rise BERLIN — Beiersdorf had another strong quarter.
Operating earnings for the Hamburg, Germany-based group's branded consumer division rose 11.9 percent for the third quarter to 113 million euros, or $135.4 million at average exchange rates. Sales for the division rose 5.5 percent to 964 million euros, or $1.16 billion, for the quarter ended Sept. 30.
The branded consumer division includes the skin care brands Nivea, Eucerin, La Prairie, Juvena, Marlies Möller, Labello, Florena and others, as well as bandages under the Hansaplast, Curad, Curitas and Elastoplast names.
Third-quarter net profit for the group, which also includes the Tesa adhesives division, rose to 87 million euros, or $104.3 million, up from 79 million euros, or $94.7 million, in the same period last year.
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