Firmenich and Nelixia have signed a strategic partnership to accelerate their excellence in natural ingredients across Central America. Firmenich’s investment will expand Nelixia’s portfolio of high quality and ethical raw materials, further ensuring the supply of raw materials for the future.

Founded in Guatemala in 2009, Nelixia is renowned for producing the highest quality Cardamom, Peru Balsam and Styrax essential oils, 100% carbon neutral and traceable. It is the third such joint venture that Firmenich has inked with a naturals-based company, following a deal with Jasmine Concrete Exports in India, for jasmine supply and with Essex Laboratories in the US for the supply of mint.

“Nelixia has established itself as a leader in certified essential oils, with a reputation for producing some of the best cardamom in the world”, said Patrick Firmenich, Chairman of the Board, Firmenich. “Building on our longstanding relationship and shared values, we look forward to giving our customers access to Central America’s unique breadth of natural ingredients in the most ethical, sustainable and traceable way.”

“Firmenich’s passion for naturals and commitment to the sustainable livelihoods of the local communities, made them an ideal partner, enabling us to multiply our impact across Central America,” said Elisa Aragon, co-founder and CEO of Nelixia. “Taking our vision to the next level, we’re looking forward to diversifying our raw materials portfolio, while scaling up our positive impact across our farming communities.”