INDIA – Mane Kancor, a subsidiary of French flavour specialist Mane, has inaugrated a new Innovation center at its campus in Angamaly, India.  

According to a statement from the food ingredients supplier, the new innovation center is housed in a 24000 Sq.ft building set in a vast stretch of land. 

 The state-of-the-art facility integrates all the research activities and product development initiatives in one comprehensive site with the support of expert analytical teams and top-of-the-line technologies. 

Mane Kancor notes that the new facility will focus on innovations in natural shelf-life solutions, natural color solutions, culinary taste solutions, personal care ingredients, and nutraceutical products.  

To support the research and development activities the centre has dedicated areas for sophisticated analytical instruments and storage solutions for raw materials, solvents, control samples, utility, sample preparation, and more. 

The Innovation Centre also houses an exclusive sensory evaluation room, that is being supported by a well-trained panel from cross-functional teams, to help set the benchmark and uncompromising quality in every product. 

The Angamaly expansion is part of Mane Kancor’s plans to invest over ₹150 crores to expand its existing manufacturing facilities and set up new ones incorporating the latest technologies. 

The Kochi-headquartered firm said it will continue with the expansion of its facilities in Kerala, Karnataka, and Uttar Pradesh. In Karnataka, it plans to set up an additional facility adjacent to the existing one at Byadgi. 

 It is acquiring around 50 acres of land to set up a new processing center, which will be its processing hub for the next 25-30 years. 

With these expansion plans, the company is looking at doubling its turnover from the present ₹800 crore over the next five years. 

“We are eyeing three major segments — natural colours, antioxidants and spice extract blends meant for chefs to develop signature products,”said Geemon Korah, CEO and Director, Kancor. 

Earlier this year, Mane consolidated a portfolio of natural aromatic ingredients sourced from the “shortest possible supply chain” under the banner Mane Source.  

The move taps into the “clear labeling” theme, which sees consumers expressing more interest in products that highlight where its ingredients were sourced from without declarable additives. 

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