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IFF Announces Potential Sale of its European Fruit Preparations Business And Possible Closure of Dijon Plant Site


NEW YORK, May 27, 2004 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF) announced today that it had entered into a letter of intent with Frutarom Industries Ltd. ("Frutarom") for the intended sale of its fruit preparations businesses in Switzerland and Germany; Frutarom's stock is traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TLV: FRUT).

IFF had previously announced that it considered divesting itself of this business, which manufactures processed fruit and other natural product preparations used in a wide variety of food products, including baked goods and dairy products. Sales of fruit preparations in 2003 approximated $90 million.

The contemplated transaction is subject to consultation with the employee works council in Germany; accordingly, terms were not disclosed. Pending the outcome of such consultations, the fruit preparations businesses based in Emmerich, Germany and Reinach, Switzerland will be transferred to Frutarom.

IFF also has fruit operations in France representing 30% of the total fruit preparations business. IFF will inform and consult with the French employee works council on the potential sale of the French fruit preparations business to Frutarom.

IFF also announced that it will concurrently initiate consultations with the French works council regarding the potential closure of its manufacturing facilities in Dijon, France. The proposed closure of the Dijon facility is the result of IFF's ongoing review of its organization and processes for ways to optimize production in order to safeguard its competitive position in the market. By consolidating its flavor and fragrance operations into its larger, more specialized sites, IFF can increase capacity utilization and further improve both production and customer service.

Richard A. Goldstein, IFF's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer stated that, "The proposed actions announced today come after extensive review and analysis of our entire portfolio of products and facilities and are wholly consistent with our long-term strategy. We are proposing these actions to streamline our organization so that we are better able to respond to the needs of our customers in a very competitive marketplace."

About IFF

IFF is the world's leading creator and manufacturer of flavors and fragrances used in a wide variety of consumer products-from fine fragrances and toiletries, to soaps, detergents and other household products, to beverages and food products. IFF is dedicated to The Pursuit of Excellence in every area of its business, using knowledge, creativity, innovation and technology to continually provide customers with the highest quality products and service and superior consumer understanding.

IFF has sales, manufacturing and creative facilities in 34 countries worldwide and annual sales exceeding $1.9 billion. For more information, please visit our Web site at

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SOURCE International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.

Douglas J. Wetmore, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial
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