Givaudan expands Singapore flavour centre
Flavour and fragrances company Givaudan has invested CHF5million ($4.9m) in expanding its Flavour Innovation Centre (FIC) in Singapore.
The FIC is home to the Asia Pacific (APAC) campus of the Givaudan Flavour School, which is training the next generation of flavourists in the region, and the APAC Academy.
The expanded facility will include a new fully integrated culinary space for concept development, as well as new or expanded savoury, bakery, confectionery, beverage and dairy facilities to serve all market sectors.
Givaudan says the investment enhances its innovation capabilities in APAC, facilitating a regional focus on applied innovation, collaboration and knowledge sharing, to complement its global network. Within the FIC, Givaudan flavourists will use the latest ingredients and technologies to develop holistic customer solutions that can go straight to market.
CEO Gilles Andrier says, “The expansion of the Singapore Flavour Innovation Centre supports our 2020 strategy of investment in high growth markets, and builds on our recent developments in Nantong, Japan; Karachi, Pakistan, and Pune in India. It demonstrates our continuing commitment to growing with our customers and providing them with differentiated flavour solutions for consumer preferred products that meet local market needs.”
Givaudan says the new facilities mean the company is ideally placed to address regional trends such as the needs of a middle class concerned with health and wellness, but without wanting to compromise on taste.
The expanded capacity in Singapore, it adds, will enable greater collaboration and innovation with customers to meet their needs, and those of a growing mass market with a desire for products with natural ingredients.