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T. Hasegawa Expands R&D with New Division

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The continued merge with Mission Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., will result in a single research and development business unit.

T. Hasegawa USA has announced the integration of its food and beverage flavor divisions with that of Mission Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., which it acquired late last year.

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The creation of a single research and development business unit will be led by an updated management team and new director and senior flavor chemist positions.

T. Hasegawa’s Satoshi Koga will transition from his role as director, Sweet Technology to lead the integration of flavors, and evaluating raw materials and processes to ensure consistent high quality throughout T. Hasegawa and Mission Flavors R&D as the two companies continue merging. 

Ibrahima Faye has been promoted to Koga’s role as director, Sweet Technology at T. Hasegawa, with Jeanene Martinez being promoted to director, Applications at T. Hasegawa.

Maria Olson and Lauren Mayberry have both been promoted to senior flavor chemists at T. Hasegawa and join the company via the Mission Flavors acquisition.

Ilya Flaks, flavor chemist at T. Hasegawa recently passed the Certified Flavor Chemist exam hosted by the Society of Flavor Chemists—an extensive exam process following 11 years of hands-on learning from industry-leading flavor professionals.

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Jim Yang, vice president of R&D at T. Hasegawa USA, “I’m excited to lead such a tremendous group of people who are instrumental in our research and development ensuring our customers success. Our goal has always been to seek out team members that assist us in accelerating growth while directly impacting the rest of our team in a positive manner. There is nothing more important than to be able to find them from within our own company.”

Yang added, “We are thrilled to have this group enabling us to continued success in flavor creation. Our business is strong; we have an experienced leadership team with talented employees who are committed to winning. This organizational change will fuel innovation, drive collaboration and accelerate our opportunities for growth at a pivotal time for T. Hasegawa.”

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