USA – The flavours and fragrances company, Symrise has invested more than US$56 million in a new production facility in Georgia, USA for the production of high quality natural food ingredients.
According to the company, the facility was a result of high technological and sustainable standards with a commitment to serve the food industry in the United States.
The plant will manufacture products for the business units Food Ingredients, Symrise Flavor and Pet Food to serve customers who use the ingredients in culinary as well as premium pet food applications.
It sits on a 40-hectare site, employs 50 workers with a possibility to increase the number to 100 given future expansion plans.
“This advantageous location in the USA’s well-developed agricultural South-East enables us to strategically grow on the market for natural and sustainable food ingredients.
With the new site in Georgia we show that we consistently implement our investment program.
For example, only a couple of weeks ago, also in the USA, we have opened a plant for cosmetic ingredients in Charleston, South Carolina.
The expansion of our capacities is and continues to be an important growth factor. We are strengthening our competitiveness for the traditionally largest market in our industry.
In addition, we are strategically developing our backwards integration focusing on agriculturally produced raw materials.
By working closely with our farmers, we are ensuring high product quality and deliverability”, said Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG.
It emphasizes on commitment to expanding its business with natural food ingredients for the food industry through product innovations for a sustainable supply chain.
Symrise said it seeks to expand presence in natural food ingredients in the US and expand the site in Georgia until 2020.
This comes even as consumer tastes and preferences are changing towards a healthier and natural diet.
Symrise said it had fulfilled 2017 targets when it posted a 3.2% increase in sales to US$3.68 billion from US$3.56 billion in 2016.
The good performance was attributed to growth in the Flavor and Nutrition segments as well as strong demand in the EAME and Latin America regions.