INDIA – World flavors and fragrances company, Givaudan has inaugurated a new flavours manufacturing facility valued at US$59.8 million in Pune, India as it expands its capabilities in the country.

The investment, which is also the company’s largest in India supports its growth ambitions in Asia Pacific, a high growth market where increasing consumer demand is driving sales.

According to Givaudan, the facility greatly contributes to its Climate Action Agenda that highlights commitment to reducing gas emissions as well as water stewardship initiatives.

Sitting on 40,000 square meter space, it offers high class flavor and taste solutions for different applications in food, beverage and health categories.

The facility will complement expertise from Givaudan’s plant in Daman thus strengthening its capabilities in liquids compounding, powder blending, emulsions, process flavours and spray drying for the India, Nepal and Bangladesh markets.

“We are delighted to open this world-class flavours manufacturing facility in Pune as the latest example of Givaudan’s long-term heritage and commitment to India and our strategic focus on the high growth markets of Asia Pacific.

Our new plant will enable Givaudan to collaborate even more closely with our customers to deliver differentiated solutions and great taste experiences to the dynamic Indian market,” said Givaudan’s Chief Executive Officer, Gilles Andrier.

Providing climate action leadership

The Pune facility is expected to employ 200 people and according to Givaudan, it accelerates ambition to become a steward in climate change strategies involving low-carbon energy, energy efficiency, and transportation. 

It becomes the company’s first Zero Liquid Discharge site which ensures all waste water is purified and recycled at the end of the treatment cycle.

The facility has been fitted with energy efficient LED lighting technology reduce CO2 emissions, with plans to further incorporate solar panels.

This contributes to Givaudan’s target to achieve 100% renewable energy at its manufacturing sites.

In addition, over 1,100 trees have been planted to support the preservation of the local ecosystem.

“Over the last few years, there has been tremendous growth in the food and beverage industry in India and we have seen sustainable growth in this market.

Given this rapid transformation, we need to be agile to address the needs of these markets and this new manufacturing facility in India is designed to cater to this,” said Givaudan’s APAC Commercial Head, Flavours, Monila Kothari.

Givaudan has accelerated its growth strategy, having recently opened a new US$1.22m flavours centre in Morocco and new digital factory in Paris, France last month.