Licorice Extract Products Are Making the World a Tastier Place

Mafco is the Global Leader in Licorice Extracts and Derivatives of Glycyrrhiza, and an Industry Leader in Customizable Taste and Mouthfeel Solutions.

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Enhances Flavor Profiles

Make the authentic natural flavor of your product shine! With our licorice extract products, you can produce clean flavor profiles with enriched natural* tastes that keep products true to their roots!

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Masks Bitterness & Off-Notes

Our plant-based licorice products are carefully extracted and processed to help developers mask off-notes and enhance desirable flavors in all types of food, beverages, proteins, cosmetics, and more.

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Effective in Many Applications

Mafco’s versatile licorice extract products possess unique functional properties for eliminating undesirable flavors, intensifying and prolonging sweetness, and enhancing other natural flavors.

Licorice Extracts Work to Enhance Many Applications!

Mafco’s natural* licorice products are used today in a wide range of custom plant based flavor applications including confectionery and chocolate!

A trusted global supplier since 1850, providing our customers with innovative and customized solutions that fit their needs for food, beverage, pharma, sports nutrition, nutraceuticals, cosmetic, and personal care applications.

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Natural* licorice products are successfully used in a wide range of confections including chocolate products, sugarless confectionery coatings, and sugarless hard and soft candies. Licorice extracts also can provide a natural masking flavor that intensified sweetness and prolongation of both sweetness and flavor to confections.


Our licorice extract products improve cocoa notes as well as taste, texture, silkiness, and smoothness to enhance the overall mouthfeel of chocolate products. It also extends and enriches the natural* sweetness of chocolate without extra calories.

Raw Licorice Material Extracting, Manufacturing & Shipping

Raw Licorice Material Extracting

Natural* licorice extracts are derived from the roots of the licorice or glycyrrhiza genus of plants. This plant is a small shrub-like leguminous plant indigenous to the Middle East and Central Asia including the countries of Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Turkey.

The plant’s raw materials are harvested in the wild when the plant is approximately four years old. Raw materials are collected, cleaned, dried, processed, and packaged by Mafco’s suppliers across multiple regional sources and shipped to Mafco’s worldwide factory locations by ocean vessel.

Over its 150-year history, Mafco has developed an extensive knowledge of licorice markets and collection networks in key licorice growing regions. Mafco has also made significant financial investments in licorice raw materials collection operations in strategic areas of the world.

In order to maintain a continuous and sustainable supply of licorice raw materials, Mafco maintains multiple sources of supply and relationships with many suppliers so that, if the licorice root from any one source becomes temporarily unavailable, Mafco can replace that source with licorice raw materials from another area or supplier within the Mafco supply network.

*Depending on the function and/or usage level in the product, and can vary by country.