Azelis reinforces its footprint in the EMEA flavors & fragrances market with the acquisition of BLH

23 October 2023

Azelis, a leading innovation service provider in the specialty chemicals and food ingredients industry, announces that it has acquired 100% of the shares of BLH SAS (“BLH”), a well-known distributor of flavors & fragrances focused on the fine perfumery market in France.

The acquisition strengthens Azelis’ global footprint in flavors & fragrances, which was created over the last two years following the acquisition of Quimdis in France, Vigon in America and Ashapura in India.Experts in the distribution of premium fragrance ingredients, BLH’s attractive portfolio perfectly complements the current natural ingredient ranges offered by Azelis. The transaction is expected to close in November.

A family-owned business founded in 1983, BLH has developed long-standing relationships with global blue-chip suppliers and a diverse portfolio of specialty ingredients, creating a strong market expertise in fine perfumery under the leadership of Philippe Bécot. The company is currently led by Nicolas Bécot, who will stay on to ensure successful integration, as well as continued development of the business. The company employs 42 experienced and highly qualified staff and operates a laboratory in the Grasse region, in the southeast of France, serving 400 customers, including major players in the perfume industry.  

Nicolas Bécot, CEO BLH, comments:
Becoming part of the Azelis family is a great opportunity for BLH, as our portfolio is complementary with the expertise in natural essential oils of Azelis. We are both established players in the Grasse region and understand what is required to succeed in this market. Together we will deliver a broad portfolio, deeply rooted expertise, and a dedicated service to customers. In addition, we will benefit from Azelis’ strong digital backbone and continuous commitment to sustainability and innovation. I am very much looking forward to becoming a part of Azelis and bringing the teams together.”

Benoit Fritz, Managing Director Azelis France, adds:
“We are thrilled with the strategic acquisition of BLH SAS, two years after Quimdis, representing another significant milestone for Azelis in the flavors & fragrances industry. This move strengthens our lateral value chain in the segment, and our presence in France and the EMEA region. Leveraging BLH’s historical relationships with key principals, combined with our expertise in natural essential oils, we believe we will deliver innovative solutions to customers, while driving sustained growth in this dynamic market.”