Symrise opened an extraction facility for sustainable vanilla production in Madagascar. The investment at the Benavony site amounted to about €3 million. With the plant, the company said every step in the processing of vanilla can now be performed locally on the East African island for the first time.
The company has been active in Madagascar, where 80% of the world’s vanilla is grown, since 2005. The 3,500-square-meter facility offers production space for extraction, analysis, quality control and the proper storage of vanilla extracts. The site, which has been completely newly constructed, has a total of 36 hectares of space. In the medium term, Symrise plans to process additional important raw materials there such as vetiver.
Stay tuned to read more of the story in P&F’s January 2015 issue.