F&F Advocacy & Communication
On 31 October, 2017, New York City lifted the 91-year-old Cabaret Law — a law that prohibited dancing in
spaces without a special permit,
which was nearly impossible to
obtain by business owners due to
cost and location restrictions. Rooted in
racial and cultural repression, the ban not
only prevented luminaries like Billie Holiday
and Duke Ellington from performing but also
pushed marginalized comminities into unsafe
spaces for perfomances. Within the last year,
the outdated (and unethical) law was reevaluated by Brooklyn councilman,
Rafael Espinal. Along with local business owners, dancers and the New York
community at large, Espinal helped dissolve the law from New York’s culture.
So what does this have to do with the flavor and fragrance community?
One word: advocacy. The example I mentioned above is a powerful
demonstration of a united community coming together, despite diverse
backgrounds, personalities and beliefs, and pushing for a common cause—
safety and equality within the creative culture.
Safety & Creativity
How do regulatory, R&D, creatives, marketers and product developers
unite under evolving environmental, social, political, cultural, technological and creative landscapes? Another word for you: communication. We’re
seeing more initiatives taken by F&F associations to pave a clearer path for
the industry in reaching the consumer to ultimately create a circular relationship (think: FlavourDay workshops by the European Flavor Association
or fragrance education events for the public and policy makers hosted by the
International Fragrance Association North America in Washington D.C.).
You’ll find more advocacy for a stronger global fragrance community
in Pia Long’s profile of CPL Aromas perfumer, Julie Pluchet (page 26); an
advocacy for a shift in perception for synthetic ingredients by Steve Pringle
(page 38); and an advocacy for the reintroduction of aroma chemicals to the
industry by Ron Fenn (page 34).
Finally, we bring one chapter of P&F to a close with the final installment
of Brian Lawrence’s column, Progress in Essential Oils (page 50). A dedicated
and passionate advocate of sound essential oil science, Brian’s 50-plus year
career included founding the Journal of Essential Oil Research, serving as
P&F’s natural products editor and publishing hundreds of articles in this
and other publications, as well as being a sought after speaker on the
subject of essential oil chemistry. Brian will continue to serve as a P&F
editorial advisor, and we wish him all the best as a curious scientist in an
I hope you enjoy this issue. Wishing you a successful 2018!
With warmth from New York City,
Editorial Advisory Board
President and CEO,
Flavor Dynamics, Inc.
PATRICK DUNPHY, PH.D.
Independent vanilla and
MATTHIAS GUENTERT, PH.D.
Independent Flavor and Food
BRIAN M. LAWRENCE
Natural Products Editor,
Perfumer & Flavorist magazine;
Journal of Essential Oil Research
Senior flavorist, Abelei Flavors
LESLIE SMITH, PH.D.
President, Leslie C. Smith Consulting
Regulatory affairs manager,
FONA International, Inc.
Independent flavorist and author
Creative perfumer, Seven Scent
JOHN CAVALLO, PH.D.
Chief Technology Officer,
Citrus and Allied Essences;
Trilogy Essential Ingredients