Up-to-date products and announcements from the food and beverage sector

Up-to-date products and announcements from the food and beverage sector

Double the flavour
Givaudan, the world’s leading flavour and fragrances company, has officially inaugurated a new extension to its Nantong manufacturing facility in China. This is aimed to support the capacity on liquid flavour production for beverages, dairy and sweet goods, and the move will double the company’s flavour production capacity in China. The CHF 30 million expansion brings the company’s total investment on the Nantong facility to CHF 80 million.

Givaudan’s Chief Executive Officer, Gilles Andrier said: “The total investment we have made on the Nantong site supports our strategic goal of increasing Givaudan’s footprint in high growth markets and capturing growth opportunities. More importantly, the larger Nantong site will now enable Givaudan to collaborate even more closely with our customers to deliver innovative and creative taste solutions to the ever-evolving Chinese market.”

Givaudan’s APAC Commercial Head, Flavours, Monila Kothari, underlined the growing importance of the Chinese market to Givaudan: “China’s economy has blossomed quickly over the years and is now the world’s second biggest economy. As a result, we have seen a tremendous growth in the food and beverage industry coming from local players. Given this rapid transformation, we now have a manufacturing facility that can support our business development strategy in China. This expansion will enable us to be agile as we address the needs of our customers in China.”

The manufacturing facility is also making important contributions to Givaudan’s Climate Action Agenda. It was certified as an ‘Environment-friendly Green Enterprise’ by the Environment Protection Bureau of Nantong Economic & Technological Development Area (NETDA).

New Agroforestry initiative
Global chocolate, bakery and patisserie ingredients expert Puratos has launched a new agroforestry project, in partnership with PUR Projet. The new initiative forms part of Puratos’ in-house Cacao-Trace scheme; a sustainable cocoa sourcing programme supporting cocoa smallholder farmers. It also aids Puratos’ efforts to ensure its business operations are carbon neutral by 2025.

The overall aim of the agroforestry project is to create a business model resilient to climate change and improve farmers’ livelihoods. Franck Cassé, Environmental Sustainability Programme Manager at Puratos noted: “The cocoa farmer benefits in three main ways: the shade reduces disease outbreaks and increases biodiversity to enhance cacao pollination, leading to a stabilisation of yields; it creates extra sources of revenue by selling the fruits & the trees fertilise the soil, reducing the farmers’ expenses on fertilisers. The trees will capture CO2, helping Puratos to achieve its ambitious goal.”

The agroforestry project will be implemented in five countries where Puratos sources cocoa; the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Ivory Coast, Vietnam and Mexico – where the Cacao-Trace programme launched in November 2019. The project will see Puratos plant 300,000 trees a year until 2023, with planting already underway in the Philippines and Vietnam.

Further investment in Mexico, saw a new post-harvest centre erected in the state of Tabasco, the heart of the Mexican cocoa region. This will run alongside newly built fermentation and drying facilities in Comalcalco. After the farmers collect Trinitario cocoa ‘en baba’ (fresh white cocoa beans), an expert team will oversee the fermentation process, which takes place in wooden boxes and lasts six days in order to craft the powerful flavours of chocolate of this origin. The beans will then be gently sun-dried, bagged and stored in optimal conditions to preserve their quality.