Passing the smell test: Washingtonville aroma plant in midst of second expansion

Passing the Smell Test

WASHINGTONVILLE – The unmistakable aroma of vanilla fills the air at the Aurochemicals plant, bringing to mind a generous double scoop in a waffle cone.

The reverie survives a revelation by a company executive that yes, the aroma was vanilla, but the substance from which it emanated was a natural substitute derived from, of all things, cloves.

Aurochemicals’ offices, lab and storehouse, a block beyond East Main Street, provide nearly 400 natural ingredients for the global fragrance and flavor industries. Its aroma chemicals form the basis for, or impart fragrance to, foods and cosmetics as well as soaps and candles.

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