USA– International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), a leading New York-based producer of flavors and ingredients, has announced the completion of its new North American Creation and Design in New Century City in Kansas.
According to the company, the New Century facility is now the company’s second-largest creative center in North America and houses 10 labs, and six state-of-the-art pilot plants, providing better customer support and enhancing innovative product development.
The project includes the addition of two flavor creation labs, the expansion of existing food application design labs for dairy, bars, culinary, and bakery, and an addition of a lab for pet food development.
The 3,700-square-foot expansion aims at combining the company’s flavor and ingredient product development capabilities and further increases its food design offerings to better support the region’s food industry.
“Our capability expansion in New Century provides a significant advantage to our customers,” Carmen Cain, regional president for IFF’s Nourish division said.
“By integrating flavors, ingredients, and food design in one space, we can increase our speed-to-market while offering a breadth of knowledge and resources across multiple food categories.”
The facility’s pet food and pet treat lab will enable pet food manufacturers to have full access to ingredients, flavors, and product design resources, according to the company.
In addition, IFF noted that the two new flavour creation labs for sweet and savory flavors, respectively mark the first time flavorists will be based at the New Century facility.
The expert flavorists will develop alongside the dairy, bakery, bars, culinary, and pet food product application and design teams.
Debra Missel, regional creation & design director for North America, added that having flavorists on-site working side by side with the product application and food design experts will enhance the firm’s ability to rapidly create total product solutions that address both functionality and taste.
“New Century has one of the largest dairy and cereal bar pilot plants in North America. This investment benefits our customers because it streamlines their development times, getting products to the shelf that much faster,” she added.
Earlier this year, the global flavor provider increased its innovation capabilities with two new flavor labs in Northern Europe.
The sweet and culinary flavour creation labs were the latest addition to the company’s expansive campus that has been in operation since 1964, spanning more than 312,150 square feet in Brabrand, Denmark.
The innovation hub is home to more than 400 employees engaged in research, application development, and ingredients and flavor creation.
The facility also enables local and regional manufacturers to collaborate closely with a new team of flavorists who introduce the latest modulation technologies and develop solutions for the beverage, bakery, dairy, snacks, culinary, bars, and confectionery end markets.