Takasago (Tokyo) announced its Takasago Americas division has finalized the purchase of a flavor and fragrance facility in Vinhedo, Brazil, near Sao Paulo, to help cement its foothold in the country’s—and the region’s—F&F marketplace. The company next plans to refurbish the location, with investments in state-of-the-art technology for its manufacturing capabilities.
“Takasago has undertaken a comprehensive upgrade of the facilities, which includes the latest, most up-to-date equipment for research and development, manufacturing, applications and sensory resources. By summer of this year, we will be in prime position to offer our flavor products to local and global food and beverage manufacturers in Brazil and in all of Latin America,” stated Brian Buck, senior vice president and general manager of Takasago Americas. The facility will have spray drying, powder blending and liquid compounding capabilities and will produce reaction flavors, botanical extractions and specialty products.
Additionally, the facility will manufacture both flavor and fragrance products, with Bill Bushman, vice president, operations, noting that the Vinhedo site will feature separate facilities for fragrance and flavor operations, as well as include executive and administrative offices, as the 525,000-square-foot site has 97,000 square feet of floor space.
Takasago's flavors division currently maintains facilities in Diadema, Brazil, also near Sao Paulo. It is expected that employees situated at this location will be transferred to the Vinhedo site in August 2011, when the new facilities' renovations are scheduled for completion.
Takasago’s expanded and enhanced presence in Brazil represents an awareness of the advantages of investing in Brazil. As the fifth largest country in the world, Brazil is heavily invested in the food and beverage industry. “With market segments such as energy drinks—and that is but one example—demonstrating unprecedented growth, we are a perfect fit. Takasago’s wide range of flavor products, including proprietary lines of flavors that provide specific manufacturing and formulation solutions are ideal for this burgeoning market of innovative food and beverage selections,” said Buck.