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Europe Is Facing a Shortage of Lemon-Scented Fragrances

  • Swiss scent producer Givaudan sees industry shortage of citrus
  • Company seeks alternative supplies of citral products
Lemons are displayed at the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011

Photographer: Konrad Fiedler/Bloomberg

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Your favorite lemon-scented shower gel could be a precious commodity over the coming months.

Givaudan SA and other fragrance makers in Europe are starting 2018 with a scramble for citrus tones following a supply crunch caused by a fire at a BASF SE aroma-chemicals plant last year.