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IFF Collaborates with Aryballe on Digital Nose

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Jan. 14 2019, Updated 9:34 a.m. ET

New collaboration

On January 7, International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) announced that it has entered into a collaboration with Aryballe—an olfaction technology company located in Grenoble, France. However, International Flavors and Fragrances didn’t disclose the financial aspects of the collaboration.

The collaboration between International Flavors and Fragrances and Aryballe aims to develop odor-sensing and quality control applications that can be applied in food, cosmetics, fragrance, and other industries. The technology could provide a new experience for International Flavors and Fragrances’ customers.

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Nicolas Mirzayantz, the divisional CEO of International Flavors and Fragrances’ Scent segment, said, “Our innovation team is thrilled to work with Aryballe on evolving this innovative device to one that is indispensable to the F&F space. We believe that we are only scratching the surface of its potential for our industry – its applications seem virtually limitless!”

Stock performance

International Flavors and Fragrances stock fell 0.9% and closed at $134.95 for the week ending January 11. The decline in the stock price resulted in the trend reversal in International Flavors and Fragrances’ 100-day moving average price. Currently, International Flavors and Fragrances is trading 1.3% below the 100-day moving average price of $136.74. The company’s 100-day moving average price has fallen from a high of $150. However, the price has recovered to the current levels from the low of $128.90.

So far in 2019, International Flavors and Fragrances stock has gained ~2.1%. Sensient Technologies (SXT) and Clorox (CLX) have gained 7.9% and 0.2%, respectively, while Estée Lauder (EL) has declined 2.0%.

Analysts expect International Flavors and Fragrances’ target price to be $148.4, which implies a return potential of 10% over the closing price as of January 11.

Investors looking for indirect exposure to International Flavors and Fragrances could consider the Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight Materials ETF (RTM), which invested 3.9% of its portfolio in the company as of January 11.

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