The Robertet group
Robertet represents the ascent of a family of keen enthusiasts for natural raw materials spanning four generations. Each family member brings their own breath and unique energy to develop the company. Our passion sends us back to fragrances, then pushes to flavors, in Europe, America and finally Asia. Our dedication forges valuable partnerships, and prevails in the esteem and confidence of Parisian perfumers. The augmentation of our vision throughout the manufacturing chain, and a fierce independence, make Robertet a leading group and inspiration for the future.
François Chauve founds "A La Confiance", a factory that treats "Flowers and plants of Provence", and recruits his nephew, perfumer & distiller, Jean-Baptiste Maubert. Enthusiasm and confidence launch the start.
Paul Robertet acquires and renames the company. A new model factory, designed by Gustave Eiffel, houses a demanding production that is rewarded with a gold medal at the Universal Exhibition of 1900. An international reputation is born.
Robertet patents the first process for the manufacture of instant coffee.
Robertet transfers its head office from Paris to Grasse, the cradle of French perfumery.
Driven by Jean-Baptiste Maubert, Robertet’s accomplishments are rewarded with a gold medal at the Universal Exposition of 1900.
Maurice Maubert, son of Jean-Baptiste, assumes management of the business.
Maurice Maubert breaks ground with new methods of obtaining natural essences: first, the "Colorless" essences in 1935, then the authentic and reliable scents of the "Butaflors" in 1950. Innovation and tenacity triumph with admiration from Parisian perfumers: Guerlain, Chanel, Patou.
A new generation brings revolution: Jean and Paul Maubert invest in fragrancing compositions, explore food flavors and open in new facilities to produce natural ingredients. The company expands in Europe, America and Asia. It forges valuable partnerships, sets up model extraction facilities, establishes subsidiaries and their development, research, and control laboratories.
A new site in Plan-de-Grasse brings new technology and increases production as the markets for food flavoring and natural ingredients boom.
The listing of Robertet on the Paris Stock Exchange marks the independence of the company.
The acquisition of Jay Flavors enables Robertet to assert its leadership in the field of natural flavors in the United States.
Philippe Maubert assumes the presidency, acting with his brothers Christophe and Olivier. The fourth generation drives a decade of unprecedented growth: while building a high-tech model factory for food flavors in the USA, the fragrance division grows stronger; raw materials are produced and processed on site in South Africa; in 2001, the group acquires Belgian flavorist PAB (Robertet Savoury); 2006 sees the opening of a New York Creation Center on 5th Avenue.
A major development program is underway: The acquisition of Charabot in 2007, as part of an original agreement that guarantees the Group's presence in Grasse for the future; the construction of a plant in China;
a joint venture with a large Indian group, with a manufacturing project; an investment of $ 30 million in the United States in the expansion of the Flavor division, an investment in the capital of SAPAD, specializing in essential oils and plants derived from organic agriculture.
Construction at Plan-de-Grasse of a new mixing plant designed for fragrancing compositions. The plant is more than 80% automated representing an investment of nearly 25 Million Euros, with a production capacity of 4200 T / year.
Our current ambition points us to the field of active ingredients: the acquisition of Hitex in 2014 for its food additive assets and its advanced CO2 extraction techniques, agreements with the American Gingko Bioworks for biotechnology, and most recently the acquisition of Bionov, which unlocks new perspectives in the field of nutrition. A family dedicated to natural raw materiels has made Robertet a leader. Today, its fifth generation is already at work inventing the future.