Givaudan, the world’s leading flavor and fragrances company, has expanded its Nantong manufacturing facility in China with a new extension to increase the capacity on liquid flavor production for beverages, dairy and sweet goods.
The company says the move will double its flavor production capacity in China. The CHF30m ($30.46m) million expansion brings Givaudan total investment on the Nantong facility to CHF80m ($81.23m).
Givaudan’s chief executive officer, Gilles Andrier said: “We are delighted to open the new extended space at our Nantong facility. The total investment we have made on the Nantong site supports our strategic goal of increasing Givaudan’s footprint in high growth markets and capturing growth opportunities. More importantly, the larger Nantong site will now enable Givaudan to collaborate even more closely with our customers to deliver innovative and creative taste solutions to the ever evolving Chinese market.”
The new 16,000 square meter addition to the original site will also strengthen its existing capabilities in savory and culinary flavor blends, snack seasonings, spray dries and liquid flavors. About 150 people are currently employed on site of which a large majority have been recruited locally.
Monila Kothari, Givaudan’s APAC commercial head, flavors, said the expansion underlined the growing importance of the Chinese market to Givaudan:
“China’s economy has blossomed quickly over the years and is now the world’s second biggest economy. As a result, we have seen a tremendous growth in the food and beverage industry coming from local players. Given this rapid transformation, we now have a manufacturing facility that can support our business development strategy in China. This expansion will enable us to be agile as we address the needs of our customers in China.”