Shiono Koryo pursues the latest trends in flavoring, uncovering new needs among our customers and consumers and developing flavoring materials. To that end, we are active in three areas: Flavoring Development and Fragrance Development, which develop those respective products, and Materials and Technology Development, which supports the prior two.

Flavoring Development

The application of taste and aroma to foods is referred to as “flavoring” (a food additive product). Since our development in 1921 of Japan’s first essence product, the Uchiwa Essence, Shiono Koryo has been engaged in developing flavorings for beverages, sweets, cold desserts, alcoholic drinks, dairy products, toothpastes, tobacco, and other products. Seeking to make consumers’ meals all the richer, we have continued to develop a range of flavorings over the years.

  • Sweet products

    Representative products: beverages, candy, ice cream, etc.

  • Savory products

    Representative products: processed foods such as retort curry and instant noodle cups

Fragrance development

The application of scents to non-food products is referred to as “fragrance.” Shiono Koryo’s goal is supporting the lives of consumers through fragrance. In addition to the fragrance industry, we work with cosmetics, toiletries, and household and air care products. We pay particular attention to usability and functionality, all while pursuing the latest fragrance trends.

  • Fine Fragrance / Cosmetics

    Trendy fragrances used in perfumes and cosmetic products. In order to eliminate the strong scent of the base ingredients used in hair coloring agents and other products, we offer items with high masking qualities.
    Representative products: Eau de Cologne, perfume, lotion, beauty serum, skin care products, hair coloring, etc.

  • Toiletry

    Fragrances that lend characteristic qualities to shampoos and conditioners.
    Representative products: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soaps, bath salts, etc.

  • House Hold

    Fragrances specifically designed to have a hygienic and clean scent and used in detergents and fabric softeners. We also offer products designed to have increased lingering fragrance.
    Representative products: detergent, fabric softener, deodorants, detergents for home furniture and living spaces, toilet cleaner and cleaning agents, insecticides, etc.

  • Air Care

    Various aromatics used to add fragrance to incense, candles, and other airborne items.
    Representative products: air fresheners, incense, reed diffusers, candles, etc

We even create our own noisome odors...

Fragrance makers also deliberately create noisome odors in order to perform tests on how to properly mask unpleasant smells. This includes synthetically reproducing the smells of raw garbage, pet excrement, and more. “Masking” refers to the process of covering up foul odors with a different smell. One familiar example is the way fragrances are used to mask the foul odor of hair colorants used in salons. Masking these odors requires first analyzing their properties and researching what other scents they interact best with. This requires first developing the foul odor in the lab. As the phrase “fight fire with fire” goes, masking foul odors requires understanding them through and through.

Materials & Technology Development Lab

Our Materials & Technology Development Lab explores the creation of new materials and processing technologies, researching new fragrance formulations and providing them to our other R&D divisions. Its primary areas of focus are Organic Synthesis, Materials Development, Analysis, and Research Reports. Furthermore, by reassessing existing technologies, we can engineer cost reductions in the manufacturing process and yield greater efficiency.

Proprietary R&D used to uncover new demand

The largest focus of this department is, unlike R&D labs of the past, uncovering new needs before they occur, rather than focusing on already existing needs. By being on the front lines of the era, we can uncover unseen needs and wants and thereby support the other units.

  • Organic Synthesis

    We use an approach informed by detailed organic synthesis in order to research the synthesis of fragrance compounds and create new specialty chemicals. Through distillation, column processing, and other techniques, we explore the application of these items to development in unit operations.

  • Materials development

    We develop new materials and provide them to the flavor and fragrance divisions. In order to utilize natural scent essences and synthetic fragrances as raw materials in our products, we examine their manufacture and processing and refine materials to achieve the ends we seek.

  • Analysis

    We analyze a range of fragrances on the market and explore ways of reformulating them from raw materials. Our current main area of focus is the analysis of foul odors in order to determine their underlying causes. We analyze the way different scents interact to produce foul odors and explore their route to production. We even create foul odors to use for testing purposes.

  • Research results

    We take part in academic conferences like the Symposium on the Chemistry of Terpenes, Essential oils and Aromatics (TEAC), the Chemical Society of Japan, the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan, the Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry, and the Japanese Society for Horticultural Science. Through our presentations and publications, we report our research results and convey our technical prowess to an external audience.