Givaudan has opened a new CHF 60 million ($59.8 million) flavours manufacturing facility in Pune, India, representing the company’s largest investment in the country to date.
The 40,000 square-foot facility will complement the company’s existing plant in Daman, India, strengthening its liquid compounding, powder blending, emulsions, process flavours and spray drying capabilities for the Indian, Nepalese and Bangladeshi markets.
Givaudan claims that these strengthened capabilities will allow it to effectively satisfy growing demand from customers in the food and beverage and health care segments in the region.
This facility is also Givaudan’s first ever zero liquid discharge site, as the plant will ensure that all wastewater produced at the factory is purified and recycled at the end of the treatment cycle.
Energy efficient LED lighting technology has also been fitted throughout the facility to reduce CO2 emissions, while plans are underway to incorporate solar panels, contributing towards Givaudan’s 100% renewable energy target.
Gilles Andrier, Givaudan’s CEO, said: “We are delighted to open this world-class flavours manufacturing facility in Pune as the latest example of Givaudan’s long-term heritage and commitment to India and our strategic focus on the high growth markets of Asia Pacific.
“Our new plant will enable Givaudan to collaborate even more closely with our customers to deliver differentiated solutions and great taste experiences to the dynamic Indian market.”
Givaudan’s APAC commercial head, flavours, Monila Kothari, added: “Over the last few years, there has been tremendous growth in the food and beverage industry in India and we have seen sustainable growth in this market.
“Given this rapid transformation, we need to be agile to address the needs of these markets and this new manufacturing facility in India is designed to cater to this.”
This facility is the latest addition to Givaudan’s manufacturing network, as the company attempts to grow its manufacturing footprint through a new expansion strategy.
In the last month alone, Givaudan has opened a new digital factory in Paris, France, to accelerate its digital transformation and anticipate future flavour trends, and the company also opened a new $1.22m flavours centre in Morocco at the beginning of January to expand its presence in the North African market.
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