TURKEY – Swiss flavors and fragrances company, Firmenich has unveiled a new and expanded facility in Istanbul Turkey as it celebrates 30 years of growth and innovation in the country.

With a focus on innovation and speed-to-market, the facility will serve Firmenich’s customers in Turkey as well as Europe and the Middle East.

It features state-of-the-art laboratories to drive innovation and research in food and flavors applications.

The facility is designed according to the WELL Building Standard™, the global benchmark for employee wellbeing in the workplace.

“Following three decades of solid growth in Turkey, this strategic investment reinforces Firmenich’s commitment to this dynamic market,” said Gilbert Ghostine, CEO, Firmenich.

“With this new creative center in Istanbul, we are set up to deliver winning scent and taste innovation to our customers with greater speed-to-market.”

The launch follows the recent strategic partnership with ArtSci Biology Technologies, a Chinese flavor company specialized in dairy and beverage ingredients.

Firmenich has taken a minority stake in ArtSci, expanding its reach across Central and Western China’s middle-market where the Hangzhou manufacturer is strongly established.

“Today’s opening is in line with our ambitious growth plans in Turkey and beyond”, said Dilek Arvas, Director & General Manager, Firmenich Turkey.

“With our people at the heart of everything we do, we designed this new facility with our colleagues’ wellbeing top of mind, to offer an optimal working and creative environment where everyone can thrive.”

To bolster its growth trajectory through innovation and get a competitive advantage in the face of changing consumer tastes and preferences, Firmenich operates seven research and innovation facilities worldwide.

These include a Global Perfumery Creative Center in Singapore and a Flavors Innovation Hub in California.

In August 2018, the company inaugurated its Digital Lab – D-Lab – in partnership with the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) as part of its digital strategy.

It opened its largest flavor manufacturing plant in the Zhangjiagang, China in March this year and a new flavors facility in South Africa.