Synergy Flavors investing in innovation campus

by Keith Nunes
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WAUCONDA, ILL. — Synergy Flavors, Inc. is investing in a new flavor innovation and manufacturing campus that is less than a mile from its current facility in Wauconda.

“We have simply outgrown our current facility, and although we have added staffing and expanded shifts to increase production, we are coming to a time where we won’t be able to accommodate our growth plans in our existing facility,” said Roderick Sowders, chief executive officer. “Counter to the broad industry trends Synergy continues to add staffing for key technical, commercial, production and engineering roles.”

The new campus will sit on 15 acres and use an existing building that will be modified and expanded into a 125,000-square-foot facility. Synergy expects the facility to be fully operational by the end of 2012.

The campus will feature an innovation center that will include flavor and applications development labs, a demonstration kitchen, sensory testing labs, and analytical and pilot plant facilities. The enhancements to the innovation center are an essential element in the company's global innovation plans. Operationally, the expanded facility will include new automation to improve liquid processing and packaging efficiencies. Synergy will be adding further capabilities in dry production as well, including substantial expansion of its spray drying facility.

“Our growth has come from expanding our reach in key markets such as bakery, confection, dairy, ready-to-drink beverages, dry drinks, nutritional and savory products,” said Greg Bach, vice-president of business development.

Mr. Bach added that acquisitions made in 2006 and 2007, which included Vanlab and AFF Aromas do Brasil, also have helped grow the company.

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