Buyers of natural products are often confronted with unexpected challenges when purchasing flavor and fragrance ingredients.  Some of those challenges are inherent in the very fact that natural ingredients are derived from botanicals that are farmed and are subject to shortages caused by weather.  Unfortunately, weather is only one factor that can lead to a shortage.  In this presentation, Richard Pisano Jr., President of Citrus and Allied Essences Ltd., will discuss many of the factors that need to be considered in order to select the tactics, that together, can form the basis of a purchasing strategy for a variety of essential oils, oleoresins, botanical extracts, concretes and absolutes.


Richard Pisano Jr is the President of Citrus and Allied Essences Ltd, a leading global supplier of processed essential oils and related flavor and fragrance ingredients that has been owned and managed by his family for 85 years. Richard has served on the Boards and been President of: FEMA– the Flavor Extract Manufacturers Association, Chem-Sources, The Chemical Sources Association, NAFFS –the National Association of Flavors and Food-Ingredient Systems, as well as having served on the boards of the International Fragrance Association of North America and the International Organization of the Flavor Industry, headquartered in Belgium.  In May 2017, he was awarded the “Richard Hall Distinguished Service Award” for service to the US Flavor Industry.

Richard is passionate about flavor ingredients, essential oils and the issues regarding their safety and has helped to create two courses for the Flavor Industry, including one on Flavor Ingredients for the Non-Flavorist and Natural Products Procurement.



2050 Progress Parkway

Schaumburg, IL


5:00 pm  Check-in & networking

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Speaker

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Buffet & Golf


Member w/Golf: $80 – ($100 after March 6)
Member Dinner only: $45  ($65 after March 6)
Non-member w/Golf: $90 – ($110 after March 6)
Non-member Dinner only – $70 ($90 after March 6)
Prices will increase $20 on March 6, 2020


Chicken Tenders

Pulled Pork Sliders with sauce &  slaw

Grilled Portobello Sliders

Fresh Seasonal Fruit

Assorted Kettle Chips

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites

Grilled Veggie Platter

Soda, Ice Tea, Coffee, Water


Contact reservations@midwestscc.org –  to inquire about walk-in reservations/availability – No cash pay at the door.