US-based International Flavors & Fragrances has announced that it is to proceed with the planned sale of its French fruit preparations assets to Frutarom Industries and with the closure of its Dijon manufacturing facility.

In May this year, IFF announced that it had entered into a letter of intent with Frutarom for the intended sale of its fruit preparations businesses in Switzerland and Germany. IFF then announced its intention to initiate consultations with the company's French employee works council regarding the potential sale of the assets of its French fruit preparations business to Frutarom and the potential closure of its manufacturing facilities in Dijon, France. It has now completed the required consultations.

The intended closure of the Dijon facility is the result of IFF's ongoing review of its organisation and processes for ways to optimise production. By consolidating its flavour and fragrance operations into larger, more specialised sites, IFF said it can increase use of capacity and further improve both productivity and customer service.