IFF partners with Wrigley support mint farming in India

IFF partners with Wrigley to support mint farming in India

9:47 AM, 17th November 2017
IFF partners with Wrigley to support mint farming in India
Despite its ubiquity in scores of flavored products, such as gums, breath fresheners and candies, mint is an often-overlooked crop. (File photo)

NEW YORK, US: International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (IFF) announced its supporting partnership with Mars Wrigley Confectionery (Wrigley) in their initiative to improve the long-term viability of mint farming in India.

The program, called Shubh Mint, is part of AdvanceMint, a larger, global project to advance mint plant science and support mint farmers and their communities. IFF is specifically contributing to the initiative’s “Resilient Communities” pillar by sponsoring a municipal centre focused on youth education and women’s empowerment.

Despite its ubiquity in scores of flavoured products, such as gums, breath fresheners and candies, mint is an often-overlooked crop. Eighty percent of the world’s mint supply is produced in India by about one million smallholder farmers – many of whom depend on mint crops for their income. However, declining crops are putting pressure on already low incomes, putting the farms and their communities at risk.

For the Shubh Mint initiative, IFF is sponsoring a community centre through READ India, an arm of READ Global that expanded to India in 2007 to empower women and marginalized groups and create educational and economic opportunities in rural areas. Through READ India, the Company seeks to empower women in the community with the skills they need to offset the financial pressures caused by challenges to the mint crops. 

“IFF has a track record of partnering to strengthen supply chains and the communities that power them. We are very proud to join with Mars Wrigley Confectionery to support this initiative – and we believe the benefits to the community as a whole will be exponential,” said Andreas Fibig, IFF chairman and CEO.

“Mint is an important crop for our industry, so ensuring a reliable supply chain of high-quality, natural mint is key. Partnering to support these critical smallholder farmers lets us leverage experience IFF gained last year as we worked to strengthen the vetiver supply chain, so, it was an easy lift for us to support hyper-local initiatives like this for the community,” added Matthias Haeni, group president, flavours, IFF.

“We’re thrilled to have IFF join us and our other partners in this exciting initiative. Together, we’re empowering farmers, their families and surrounding communities so that they and the mint industry – thrive,” said John Buckley, global category director mints & flavours, Mars Wrigley Confectionery.

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