Brian Buck, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Takasago Americas, announced that the company has finalized the purchase of a flavor and fragrance facility in Vinhedo, Brazil, situated in proximity to Sao Paulo. The next step will be a major investment in the refurbishing of the facilities to make the site state-of-the-art.
“Takasago has undertaken a comprehensive upgrade of the facilities which includes the latest, most up-to-date equipment for research and development, manufacturing, applications and sensory resources. By Summer of this year, we will be in prime position to offer our flavor products to local and global food and beverage manufacturers in Brazil and in all of Latin America,” stated Mr. Buck.
Bill Bushman, Vice President, Operations, explained that in addition to flavor manufacturing capabilities, the Vinhedo site will also include separate fragrance operations and executive and administrative offices. The 525,000 square foot site has 97,000 square feet of floor space.
Mr. Bushman said the facility will have spray drying, powder blending and liquid compounding capabilities. It will produce reaction flavors, botanical extractions and specialty products.
“Our customers in the region will benefit from world class flavor development, with the most advanced manufacturing and dedicated laboratories for the creation, evaluation and production of beverage and food flavors.”
Takasago Flavors currently maintains facilities in Diadema-Sao Paulo. It is expected that employees situated at this location will be transferred to the Vinhedo site in August, 201l, when renovations are scheduled for completion.
Takasago’s expanded and enhanced presence in Brazil represents a keen awareness of the advantages of investing in Brazil. As the fifth largest country in the world, Brazil is heavily invested in the food and beverage industry.
“With market segments such as energy drinks—and that is but one example—demonstrating unprecedented growth, we are a perfect fit. Takasago’s wide range of flavor products, including proprietary lines of flavors that provide specific manufacturing and formulation solutions are ideal for this burgeoning market of innovative food and beverage selections,” said Mr. Buck.
In conclusion, Mr. Buck cited several Takasago flavor lines that deliver specific sensory attributes, such as Vivid Flavors™, Breezyme™, Hot Act™, Sensates, Micron, Micron Plus, Crystarome and X-Cool™.”
Takasago International (USA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Takasago International Corporation, which was established in Japan in 1920. With worldwide sales of more than $1 billion, Takasago is recognized as one of the world’s leading flavor and fragrance companies. The global Takasago organization maintains offices, production sites and research and development centers in 25 countries.
For more than 80 years, Takasago has developed flavors, fragrances, fine chemicals and aroma chemicals for some of the world’s most successful food, beverage, fine fragrance, household, personal care and industrial brands. Today, Takasago is distinguished in the flavor industry as the owner of more than a thousand patents, and is considered a leader in specific technologies for high impact flavors, including the Sensates(TM) and Vivid Flavors(TM) product lines.