KALAMAZOO, MICH. — Flavor solutions provider FlavorSum has broken ground on an expansion project that will increase the size of its Kalamazoo facility by 35,000 square feet.

Additions to the facility include increased pilot plant and lab space that will support improvements to the company’s product storage capabilities and shipping and receiving processes. FlavorSum expects construction to complete sometime in August.

“Response to our solutions model and the growth of SME food and beverage brands led us to expand our capabilities in Kalamazoo,” said Brian Briggs, president and chief executive officer of FlavorSum. “FlavorSum’s mission is to deliver the flexibility of a small supplier with the resources of a major flavor company. The additional space allows us to continue fulfilling our promise.”

The expansion follows FlavorSum’s acquisition of Meridian Flavors, Inc. in August 2022 as the most recent step in the company’s strategy to increase its technical resources and capacity for small, mid-size and emerging food and beverage brands.

“At FlavorSum, creating custom flavors that align with brand goals and consumer trends is only one aspect of our approach,” said Dave Franz, chief revenue officer for the company. “We partner with our customers to offer a full suite of services designed to facilitate in-market success, from regulatory expertise and market insights to applications and scale-up support. A larger facility in Kalamazoo ensures we’re positioned to support our customers as they grow.”