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In Memoriam: ROBERT L. ANELLO (January 30, 1948 - October 8, 2023)

Regulatory Consultant

Our law firm mourns the loss of regulatory consultant and industry expert, Bob Anello, who passed away on October 8th, 2023, at the age of 75. 

Bob was considered one of the flavor and extract manufacturing industry’s foremost experts in regulations and laws concerning distilled spirits tax drawback for manufacturers of nonbeverage products ("MNBP").  He had more than 50 years of hands-on experience in the flavor and fragrance industry in formulation, manufacturing, and regulatory affairs, with the past twenty-five years consulting for the industry. 


He started in the flavor and fragrance industry at age seventeen while attending Bronx Community College in New York, and he devoted his entire working career to the industry ever since.  Bob's reputation, experience, and knowledge was unparallelled, and he was highly respected within the industry as a result.

Since 1997, Bob consulted for many of the world's largest flavor and extract manufacturers, as well as small and mid-sized flavor companies, chemical companies, and pharmaceutical companies, in all areas of nonbeverage alcohol operations and denatured alcohol operations. 

We are grateful for everything we learned from him as a leader, business partner, mentor and friend.


  • Florasynth, Inc. - 1964-1968 (prior to acquisition by Symrise)

  • Fries & Fries, Inc. - 1972-1992  

  • Tastemaker - 1992 - 1997 (prior to acquisition by Givaudan) 

  • Industry Consultant - 1997 - present

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