Firmenich opens new flavours facility in Africa

Firmenich opens new flavours facility in Africa

5:17 AM, 5th August 2016
Firmenich opens new flavours facility in Africa

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: Firmenich SA has opened a new, state-of-the-art flavours facility in Lagos, Nigeria (Africa). Designed to successfully expand the company’s footprint for flavours across the region, this new facility features labs for sweet goods, beverages, and savoury product development, as well as offices. Through this strengthened presence in Nigeria, Firmenich aims to accelerate its innovation to meet the needs of its customers across the 30 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Building on Firmenich’s partnership with the Yaba Institute of Technology in Nigeria to drive technology solutions adapted to its market, this expanded presence will enable the company to accelerate its innovation capability. The leading flavour house will focus on health and nutrition, unique tonalities reflecting local preferences and competitive cost-in-use flavours for all segments of the food industry.

“This significant investment reflects the strategic importance of Sub-Saharan Africa to Firmenich, with its population of 800 million and strong growth potential,” said Gilbert Ghostine, CEO, Firmenich. “We aim to further expand our reach across this high-growth region by developing winning technology solutions for our customers.”

“Nigeria will serve as a critical business and innovation hub for Firmenich to strategically serve our customers across the wider Sub-Saharan Africa region,” said Chris Millington, President of Firmenich Flavors. “Our investment in this state-of-the-art facility will enable us deliver the most innovative, consumer-focused flavour solutions and best-in-class services to our customers and their consumers.”

“By increasing our proximity to Nigerian consumers, we will focus on creating flavours that appeal to the rich and diverse culture of Nigeria and its neighbouring countries,” said Oddvar Bjorge, VP flavours, Sub-Saharan Africa, Firmenich. “For, instance we look forward to expanding our industry-leading seafood flavour range and exploring other iconic tonalities.”

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