Flavour and fragrance manufacturer Symrise has opened its first applications labs in Nigeria, as the company aims to strengthen its presence in the region.
Based in Lagos, the labs will develop flavours for various application areas, in particular for beverages, sweet applications and savoury foods, as well as fragrances and cosmetic ingredients.
According to Symrise, the overarching goal of the new application labs is to boost the development of products which meet local customer preferences and market requirements, while simultaneously increasing the speed at which these products come to market.
Symrise has been active in the country for over 30 years, and the company claims that the new facilities will enhance the operations of its current sales office in the country.
With a population of over 190 million, Nigeria is the most populous nation in Africa, making it a key regional economy.
Rudy McLean, managing director of Symrise South Africa, said: “This will strengthen our presence and underpin our growth goals in the region.
“With these application labs, we can create products in the market for the market. We can deepen our understanding of the preferences and needs of local people and – where possible – use local raw materials.
“With this new investment, we are enhancing our local footprint and intensifying our long-term commitment to Nigeria and the region,”
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