In yet another sign of F&F industry expansion into Asia Pacific,
International Flavors and Fragrances Inc. (IFF) has opened a
flavor manufacturing plant in Guangzhou that will commence
commercial production in the third quarter of 2013. Located
in the Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development
District, the factory will supply flavors to regional and global
food and beverage customers. The facility is part of a previously
announced $100 million investment in Greater Asia and a key
part of IFF’s strategy to grow in emerging markets.
The roughly 205,000-square-foot site comprises sales and
administration offices, laboratories, factory buildings and support services, and will manufacture all product types that the
company currently makes in China, as well as spray dried flavors. Its projected annual capacity is about three times that of
the existing manufacturing site.
“With the opening of our Singapore (pictured at right) and
Delhi facilities in 2012 and our Guangzhou site in 2013, IFF is
well-positioned to support our customers’ growth now and into
the future, both regionally and globally,” said Doug Tough, IFF’s
chairman and CEO.
Meanwhile, the company and Evolving Holding SA have
entered into pre-production phase to develop and scale-up,
via a third party, natural vanillin for commercial application
through a cost-effective, natural and sustainable route. The two
companies are working to confirm scalability and yield targets
through a yeast-based fermentation route during the pre-man-ufacturing phase.
This announcement follows one in June 2012 in which Evolva,
which uses a biosynthetic technological approach, confirmed
the achievement of the first milestone in this collaboration.
The partnership between IFF and Evolva was originally signed
and announced in January 2011.
“We are very excited about our collaboration with Evolva, an
expert in the biotechnology field, on the development of a key
flavoring ingredient that is used in IFF flavors and the potential to deliver a market product with industry significance that
is operationally scalable,” said Mark Dewis, IFF’s vice president
of research and development. “If the scale-up is successful, this
innovative solution should provide a sustainable source for what
has been a volatile raw material and should provide IFF customers with unique products.”
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