International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) is opening two new facilities in China as it seeks to grow its presence in Asia and formulate new products.
A flavours manufacturing unit was inaugurated recently in the Zhangjiagang Free Trade Zone and very soon a natural research product lab will open in the Nanjing Life Science Park.
The flavours plant is the IFF’s second in China and is designed to supplement the firm’s existing operations in Guangzhou. It spans 66,800 square meters, encompassing the main manufacturing building that is fitted with a strong odour control system, quality control labs and an ambient warehouse for goods. It will initially focus on powder flavour production with additional flavour technologies coming online in a phased approach.
Meanwhile, the naturals lab is the company’s first outside the US. The unit is strategically located to leverage the botanical supply chain, biodiversity, and accumulated botanical and phytochemical knowledge prevalent throughout China’s expansive history.
According to IFF, the facility will expand the company’s capabilities in natural product research and address the accelerating consumer demand for naturals and clean label. An extension of the current natural product research team based in Union Beach, New Jersey, US, it is expected to boost IFF’s natural product pipeline.