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The Worldwide Flavor and Fragrance Industry, 1985-1990

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Worldwide Merchant Sales of Flavors end Fragrances, 1985-1990

Under the term ‘flavors and fragrances,' the industry generally recognizes the following broad product categories (for details, see Table I):

Flavor and Fragrance Ingredients/Substances: Essential oils and other natural products, (absolutes, aqueous distillates/solutions, concretes, concentrates and terpenic by-products of essential oils; expressions, extracts, oleoresins, etc. of fruits, herbs, meat, roots, spices, etc.; animal and vegetable resinoids.) Aroma chemicals (natural; nature-identical; artificial)

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Flavor and Fragrance Finished Products: Flavor Compounds/Blends (natural nature-identical; artificial) Fragrance Compounds/Blends

This industry definition consequently excludes such products as flavor enhancers (e. g., monosodium glutamate); synthetic sweeteners (aspartame, saccharin); spices; food additives, such as acidulants, colorants, emulsifiers, preservatives, surfactants or thickeners; cosmetic chemicals, such as fatty chemicals, preservatives, surfactants or UV-absorbers; soap and detergent chemicals, such as colorants, preservatives, surfactants, or any other fine or specialty chemicals. Worldwide merchant sales of flavors and fragrances amounted to an estimated $4,900 million in 1985 against $4,650 million in 1984, that is, an increase of 5.4% in current dollar terms. This compares, always in current dollar terms, to an increase of only 3.3% between 1983 and 1984, and 2.3% between 1982 and 1983.