Carbery-owned Synergy first entered the Asian market with a Thai technical centre in 2009. Its plans for the addition of more office, laboratory and production space at its regional base in Samut Prakarn, Bangkok will be achieved during three phases of construction, due to start shortly.
The Thai factory offers blended powder and liquid flavour production facilities, in addition to sweet and savoury flavour creation and application laboratories. It also provides a full range of technical, warehousing and customer support services.
Steve Morgan, Synergy’s regional managing director, said the expansion has been spurred by growth.
“Our investment so far in Asia has really paid off," he said.
Geoff Allen, boss of the Thailand operation, added: “This will mean we can deliver more flavour solutions to more customers around the region for use in local products, from Hokkaido milk tea to pad cha instant noodles, cheese dips and savoury snacks, and in an array of products for both the local market and export."
He said Thailand has been the "ideal location" due to its first-class infrastructure, which connects Synergy to the rest of Asia-Pacific.
"Its highly skilled workforce with a large number of food science graduates—and of course, its rich food culture and heritage—inspires us on a daily basis.”