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Is Just-in-Time Enough?

By: Hugo Bovill, Treatt plc
Posted: June 24, 2011, from the July 2011 issue of P&F magazine.

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The past two years will certainly go down as among the most challenging in the history of the flavor and fragrance industries. The impact of global natural disasters—earthquakes in Haiti, Japan and Indonesia, floods in Northern India, and a drought in Brazil, for example—have contributed to significant raw material shortages. Limited supply is naturally affecting those producers who have chose to adopt a just-in-time (JIT) production strategy. The question is why is has found favor with many manufacturers. And how exactly is this effect impacting the flavor and fragrance industry as a whole?

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