Thursday, March 25, 2010

IFF Cares

This is not food-related, at least not directly, but we wanted to share some news. 

After the earthquake in Haiti struck in January, IFF took up a collection globally.  The total, including employee and corporate contributions, was over $118,000.00, all of which is going to the Red Cross in support of their continuing relief efforts in Haiti. 

We've done this in the past -- when Jakarta was flooded in early 2007, many of our people there lost their homes.  The money we collected went straight to our site there for distribution to our impacted colleagues.  The 2008 earthquake in China, which deeply affected our colleagues there and all over the IFF world, brought a similar outpouring of generosity.

We talk a lot about the spirit and passion of our people as it relates to the work we do every day, but we think it speaks volumes that our people are also kind, generous, and compassionate.

Monday, March 22, 2010

RCA Recap

  The Team

The show is over, the swag packed away in our bags and most of the team is back home.  We thought this would be a good time to recap the show, post a few more pictures, and give a few more thoughts on one of our favorite industry events of the year.

Friday, March 19, 2010


Grilled Steak Tacos are a hit!
Chefs Lesa, Florian, Jenny, Kevin, and Bryan at the show
We officially launched our blog this morning and will be posting photos live from the RCA during the trade show portion of the show.  Keep checking back for updates!
Getting ready for the crowds

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Flavorist Brian Grainger on Food Network's Unwrapped

Our very own Brian Grainger was on the Citrus Sensations episode of Food Network's Unwrapped!  He talked about how we create a flavor from lime oil for one of our customers.  It aired last night, but will be airing again at various times.  This link will give you more details on the episode and air dates.  We'll update this post when we have a link on

Way to represent IFF, Brian!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Headspace: A Symposium on Scent as Design

This comes from the other side of our business, but this symposium promises to be amazing!  And truth be told, the culinary team, along with our flavorists, frequently interact with the perfumers.  We share information, inspiration, and are always looking for new ways to work together.  Those culinary notes in some of your favorite perfumes didn't just happen - they are the result of some pretty cool interplay between the disciplines.  And some of our flavorists are working with notes more commonly found in fragrance with amazing results.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

70 dishes in two days – a flavorist’s culinary adventures in Chongqing

As chefs, we travel far, jump a lot of hurdles,  and taste a lot of different foods in the never-ending pursuit of authentic tastes.  But last year, one of our flavorists traveled to Chongqing in central-western China, a city famous for its incredible food, and had a culinary adventure that few of us get to experience.  Evelyn Gunadi's trip was covered by the local press, shown above.  The translation is below.  Enjoy!

“Sichuan food is very well-known, and the best of its kind is in Chongqing” ~ Old Chinese saying.
IFF (International Flavors & Fragrances), an American company, recently sent Evelyn Gunadi, an Australian-Chinese Senior Flavorist based in IFF Singapore R&D center, to Chongqing for taste exploration. Ms Gunadi went to Chongqing for the purpose of bringing the ‘Chongqing taste’ to Asian packaged food market. She sampled more than 70 signature dishes in just two days!