International Flavors & Fragrances was formed by the 1958 merger of Polak & Schwartz and van Ameringen-Haebler.
Polak & Schwartz was founded by Leopold Schwarz and Joseph Polack in a small town in Holland as a spices, flavors, and fragrances company.
Van Ameringen-Haebler was founded by Arnold Louis (A.L.) van Ameringen. He is credited with the idea of putting scents in soap and detergent.
Today International Flavors & Fragrances is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of natural and artificial flavors and aromas. The fragrances the company produces are used in prepared foods, beverages, confections, perfumes, soaps, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals.
International Flavors & Fragrances is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol IFF, is a member of the S&P 500, is #734 in the Fortune 1000, has 6,000 employees, and had $3.06 billion in revenue in 2014.