Takasago invests in Brazilian facility

by Jeff Gelski
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ROCKLEIGH, N.J. — Takasago Americas has finalized the purchase of a flavor and fragrance facility in Vinhedo, Brazil, and now the company will invest in the refurbishing of the facility, said Brian Buck, senior vice-president and general manager of Takasago Americas.

“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,” Mr. Buck said. “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.”

Besides flavor manufacturing capabilities, the Vinhedo site will include separate fragrance operations and executive and administrative offices, said Bill Bushman, vice-president of operations. The 525,000-square-foot site has 97,000 square feet of floor space. The facility will have spray drying, powder blending and liquid compounding capabilities, Mr. Bushman said. It will produce reaction flavors, botanical extractions and specialty products.

Takasago Flavors currently has facilities in Diadema-Sao Paulo in Brazil, but it is expected employees there will transfer to the Vinhedo site in August.

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