Business Strategy and Outlook| Seth Goldstein, CFA |
International Flavors & Fragrances is a global leader in the specialty ingredients space. The company has grown rapidly via acquisition, having added DuPont's nutrition and biosciences business in 2021 and Frutarom in 2018. IFF holds an enviable asset portfolio focused on value-added products used in food and beverages, fragrances, personal care, enzymes, probiotics, and pharmaceuticals. Its legacy business operated in the $20 billion-plus flavors and fragrances industry with a roughly 25% market share. Key competitors include Givaudan (25%), Firmenich (16%), and Symrise (12%). These four flavor and fragrance companies command nearly 80% of the global market. IFF's products affect the desired taste, smell, or mouth feel based on customer specifications.