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International Flavors and Fragrances Inc. (IFF) has opened a flavor manufacturing plant in Guangzhou, which the company says is one of its largest and most technically advanced flavor manufacturing facilities.
The company anticipates commercial production to begin in the third quarter of 2013.
Located in the Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development District, the China-based 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 (19,000 square meters) site is comprised of 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 dry.
Its projected annual capacity is about three times that of the existing manufacturing site. In keeping with IFF's commitment to reduce its impact on the environment, all structures on the site and all manufacturing processes were designed to comply with the company's sustainability standards, with an emphasis on energy efficiency, low water consumption and minimal waste.
"With the opening of our Singapore 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.
"We continue to have confidence in our growth strategies in the region and a strong commitment to the emerging markets," added Hernan Vaisman, IFF's group president, flavors. "I am pleased to note that in this facility, we are creating flavors that meet the highest global standards in quality and, while doing so, are utilizing green design in our facilities to minimize our environmental footprint. Our customers, consumers, and future generations deserve nothing less."