Indonesia’s fast-growing importance in flavour production was acknowledged by the opening of a US$27m spray-dry facility by the worldwide flavours and scents market leader, Givaudan.
The new plant at Givaudan’s Cimanggis site will bring production closer to customers, and place it among the most technologically advanced Givaudan sites in the region, the company said. Production will begin transferring to the new site immediately.
Speaking at the opening of the facility, Givaudan chief executive Gilles Andrier hinted that the company had a number of plans for Indonesia.
“Givaudan has a long history in Asia and we are dedicated to making significant investments to further expand our production, creation and application facilities here,” he said.
Rising customer demand for flavours in dry applications is leading to increased demand for spray-dried flavours across Asia. Givaudan’s Cimanggis plant will deliver conventional and Ultraseal spray dry capabilities.
Givaudan’s regional commercial head, Monila Kothari, added that the facility would be used to strengthen the development of Asia-centric flavours “especially in the area of noodles and powdered juice drinks which represent an important part of nutrition in the region”.
Over the last year, the company has announced the construction of a pilot dryer in Singapore, the opening of a new innovation centre in India and an investment of CHF50m (US$56m) over two years in the development of a new savoury manufacturing factory in China.
It revealed sales in developing markets are on target to increase from 40% in 2010 to 50% by 2015. Indonesia is currently the world’s sixteenth biggest economy with 45m active consumers. By 2030, the country is touted to become the seventh largest economy, with 135m consumers.