Givaudan Roure fête le centième anniversaire de son site de Vernier

Givaudan Roure Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Foundation of Its Geneva Plant


  • Gérard Gandillon



In 1898, Léon Givaudan, encouraged by his brother Xavier, established a perfumery company on the outskirts of Geneva, along the river Rhône. The company's early activities were the manufacture of perfumery ingredients and perfume bases. In the 1920's, a research group was set up to explore the identity of chemicals present in the natural products.
This period also saw the beginning of the international expansion of the then 'Givaudan', with the creation of the first affiliate in the United States, in 1924. Following several acquisitions, Givaudan was bought by F. Hoffmann-La-Roche in 1963. It later merged with Roure in 1991, to become one of the clear leaders in the Flavour and Fragrance industry, under the new company name of Givaudan Roure. Today, Givaudan Roure is present throughout all major countries of the world. The company's annual turnover is around 2 billion Swiss francs, and Givaudan Roure employs more than 5300 people.