Skoufis Honors Aurochemicals of Washingtonville with Empire Award

Senator James Skoufis Honors Aurochemicals

Caption for photo: Senator Skoufis presenting the Empire Award to Aurochemicals Vice President and CEO Deo Persaud and his daughter, Vice President and COO Darshini Persaud.

Senator James Skoufis (D-Hudson Valley) recently presented Deo Persaud, Vice President and CEO of Aurochemicals in Washingtonville, with the Senate’s Empire Award, the highest honor in the State Senate for small businesses. The Empire Award is reserved for businesses and business owners who have used their work to positively impact their communities by giving back.

Three years after immigrating to the United States in 1991, Deo and his wife Indranie Persaud founded Aurochemicals, which is now a leading production and research company specializing in flavored and fragrance ingredients. In August, Aurochemicals earned the Safe Quality Food Institute’s “Excellent” rating for the 6th straight year in a row.

Aurochemicals and the Persauds have gone above and beyond to implement corporate social responsibility into their business practices. Throughout the pandemic, they have regularly donated food to local pantries as well as given monetary donations to food pantries and residents in need. Last year alone, they donated $10,000 to the Country Kids Food Pantry in Washingtonville, enabling them to offer fresh food and other items to neighbors.

“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing the Persauds for some time now and I know just how much their dedication to the local community has helped many families in our district,” said Senator Skoufis. “I was honored to present Deo and other members of Aurochemicals’ hard-working staff with this award, which is a small representation of the many lives they have helped.”

“We are honored to receive The Empire Award from Senator Skoufis,” said Aurochemicals CEO Deo Persaud. “Our goal of providing exceptional quality and service to our customers goes hand-in-hand with our goal of giving back to the community we are proud to be a part of, and this recognition represents our continued commitment to both.”

About Aurochemicals
Aurochemicals, founded in Brooklyn, NY, in 1994, is a leading manufacturer of natural aroma chemicals for the flavor and fragrance industry worldwide. With a focus on research, development, product availability, turnaround time and quality control, Aurochemicals is Safe Quality Food (SQF) certified. Aurochemicals moved to Washingtonville, NY, in 2000. It opened its $1.5 million world headquarters in 2017 and a $2.5 million warehouse in July 2019. Its facility houses research, development and quality-control efforts, in addition to state-of-the-art corporate offices, inventory maintenance, product storage and production.

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