T. Hasegawa USA plans new facility to drive growth in US flavour market

USA – Japanese flavour and fragrance company T. Hasegawa USA has unveiled plans to open a new production facility in Rancho Cucamonga, California to take advantage of the growing demand for flavours. 

The new 60,000-square-foot plant will double T. Hasegawa’s production capabilities in the US market and will primarily produce sweet food and beverage flavours. 

It will also contain equipment for liquid blending, spray dry technology for powdered flavours and flavour extraction equipment.  

Hasegawa plans to continue to operate from its US headquarters in Cerritos, California, but will shift current manufacturing from its Corona site to the new larger facility.  

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“We have experienced organic growth in recent years and outgrown our original manufacturing facilities as we continue to expand our world-class food and beverage flavour development,” T. Hasegawa’s CEO, Tom Damiano, said.   

“The new Rancho Cucamonga location is significantly larger than our existing US manufacturing facility in Cerritos and will serve as a platform for future growth.” 

The Rancho Cucamonga facility will increase T. Hasegawa’s company headcount by more than 30% over the next five years.  

“The positions we will be filling at our new plant are highly-skilled, well-paying jobs in manufacturing, R&D and other speciality areas,” Damiano added.

Hasegawa said it also plans to expand its manufacturing facility for savoury flavours in Cerritos once the Rancho Cucamonga project is finalised. 

Construction of the new plant has already begun, and its doors are expected to open in March 2022. 

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The new facility is being constructed with a focus on environmental protection, according to T. Hasegawa USA.  

It will feature air cleaning and filtration systems, including regenerative thermal oxidizers and catalytic oxidizers. 

Earlier, T. Hasegawa USA announced that it is integrating its food and beverage flavors divisions into a single research and development unit following its acquisition of Mission Flavors & Fragrances late last year. 

The new business division combines food and beverage flavor development with applications expertise and will be led by an updated management team with several new directors and senior flavor chemist positions. 

Satoshi Koga, director of sweet technology at T. Hasegawa, will transition from his current role to lead the integration and will also lead the evaluation of raw materials and processes to ensure consistent quality as the two companies continue merging.  

Ibrahima Faye, senior flavor chemist at T. Hasegawa, will succeed Mr. Koshi as director of sweet technology. Jeanene Martinez will lead the beverage applications team as director of applications. 

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