March 17, 1999
News Release 99-032


The U.S. flavor and fragrance materials industry is an international industry with U.S. firms operating throughout the world and foreign companies operating subsidiaries in the United States, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its publication Industry and Trade Summary: Flavor and Fragrance Materials.

Shipments of flavor and fragrance materials in the United States are estimated to have been valued at more than $2.5 billion in 1997. The largest volume chemical produced by the U.S. flavor and fragrance materials industry is aspartame, with other major products being geraniol, citral, and mint, cedarwood, and citrus essential oils.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, recently released the report as part of an ongoing series of reports on the thousands of products imported into and exported from the United States. Following are other highlights of the report:

The foregoing information is from the ITC report Industry and Trade Summary: Flavor and Fragrance Materials (USITC Publication 3162, March 1999).

ITC Industry and Trade Summary reports include information on product uses, U.S. and foreign producers, and tariff treatment of the products being studied; they analyze the basic factors affecting trends in consumption, production, and trade of the commodities, as well as factors bearing on the competitiveness of the U.S. industry in domestic and foreign markets.

This report will be available on the ITC's Internet server at A printed copy may be requested by calling 202-205-1809 or by writing the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E St., SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may be faxed to 202-205-2104.

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