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Future-oriented flavours and fragrances are born from pioneering creativity and state-of-the-art facilities in an area which, in the 19th century, was dominated by rose fields.


Bell‘s predecessors include Schimmel & Co., founded in Leipzig in 1829, one of the world‘s most renowned and oldest manufacturers of flavours and fragrances. The technologies developed by Schimmel for the extraction of essential oils now represent the standard for an entire industry. Not even the expropriation after the Second World War destroyed this innovative power. In fact, the expertise gained during that time contributed to the former Schimmel factory being considered an attractive location for the production of flavours and fragrances in 1993. The company founded in Chicago in 1912 by William M. Bell recognised this potential, took over the facility and established an independent branch.

Tradition Innovation headerThe owner-run Bell Flavors & Fragrances GmbH grew into an international manufacturer of flavours and fragrances within 25 years thanks to extensive strategic investments. Today, the facility in Leipzig/Germany, with its 200,000-square-metre surface area, is among the largest and most modern production sites for flavours and fragrances in Europe. The logistics centre, completed in 2017 – one of Bell‘s largest single investments in Germany – has not only laid the foundations for optimal cargo handling, but also expanded the reach of quality assurance, ensuring that the highest of standards will continue to be met going forward. It is through this focus on technology, innovation, research and development that we have secured our leading position in the industry.