Swiss firm Givaudan pumps $7.5m into centre

A Swiss firm that makes flavours and fragrances has spent $7.5 million expanding its innovation centre in Woodlands.

The revamped facility includes a new culinary space for concept development, new bakery, confectionery, beverage and dairy studios, as well as a larger savoury compounding studio and flavour science area.

Givaudan employs 600 people in Singapore, including 315 in the flavour division.

The new facilities enable its flavourists to collaborate and innovate with customers and meet the needs of a growing mass market with a desire for quality products with natural ingredients, Givaudan said.

The centre also houses the Asia-Pacific campus of the Givaudan Flavour School, which opened in 2014 and where 10 students are now enrolled in a three- year programme to be trained as flavourists.

Chief executive Gilles Andrier said: "The expansion of the Singapore Flavour Innovation Centre supports our 2020 strategy of investment in high-growth markets."

Marissa Lee

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 25, 2016, with the headline 'Swiss firm Givaudan pumps $7.5m into centre'. Print Edition | Subscribe