Japan Approves Four Flavoring Substances
The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW;
www.mhlw.go.jp/english/) has designated four flavoring sub-
stances as legally permitted for use in flavorings in Japan. According
to the International Organization of the Flavor Industry (IOFI),
companies interested in doing business in Japan should add these
materials to their lists of approved substances. The approved
flavoring substances are:
• (3-Amino-3-carboxypropyl) dimethylsulfonium chloride
[JECFA 1427 = DL-(3-amino-3- carboxypropyl)dimeth-
which supplies this ingredient, describes this substance as
a derivative of methionine metabolism in some plants. The
company says this ingredient, which comes in white pow-
der form, has potent therapeutic effects on gastrointestinal
ulceration potentially via its ability to promote dermal fibro-
blast migration and growth.
TCI Chemicals and Organic Technologies are among the
MidOcean Partners Invests in Fragrance, Acquires Agilex
move to invest in the fragrance arena, has acquired a majority
“We have had a fragrance initiative here at MidOcean to
evaluate the space and try to identify a premier platform that
we could support,” says MidOcean’s managing director Robert
Sharp, who focuses on investments in the consumer space at
the private equity firm.
In fact, he says MidOcean—which has a portfolio of holdings that includes business and financial services companies,
media and communications, industrial services and consumer
and leisure—had been eyeing the fragrance space for roughly
attribute is that it’s a mid-sized company with a “superior management team” as well as the scale and capabilities to do what
the bigger players do.
was previously owned by Nautic Partners; its facilities include
production sites in Georgia, New Jersey and China, and a creative
center in Piscataway and fragrance laboratory in Hong Kong.
Ultimately, “The owners of the business were willing to con-
there. It was a matter of timing.”
MidOcean, which is expected to spearhead Agliex’s profit-
ability and growth prospects. The new board of directors will
Co., and Thomas Virtue, former president of Givaudan Roure.
Brian Connolly, previously of Avon Products Inc., will also serve
on the board.
statement. “To serve on the board of directors with these indus-try;icons;is;both;an;honor;and;a;privilege.;Their;deep;knowledge
of the industry at the highest levels will provide the additional
our business. We will continue to build on our record of creating
winning;fragrances,;new;technological;innovations;and;market-ing capabilities focused directly on our clients’ specific needs.”
In addition to focusing on organic growth in the company’s
core;North;America;market,;Sharp;says;the;team;will;be;con-sidering acquisition deals in the consumer goods space that
umbrella anytime soon.