Brian Briggs, FlavorSum President and CEO celebrates the grand opening of the Kalamazoo expansion at a ribbon cutting ceremony

Unveiling Solutions: Grand Openings of FlavorSum’s Michigan Expansion and New Jersey Innovation Center

by | Jun 20, 2024

Creating foods and beverages that succeed in the market is a collaborative effort. That’s why our mission at FlavorSum is to become a valued member of your team. When FlavorSum originated in 2020, we set out to fill a gap. We saw mid-sized and emerging food and beverage brands getting neglected by flavor companies while also missing access to resources from smaller suppliers.  Our recent grand openings acknowledged the expansion of our Kalamazoo, MI facility and the addition of an Innovation Center in Marlton, NJ.  Both initiatives reflect our commitment to support customers’ growth goals.

FlavorSum’s Kalamazoo Expansion Fully Operational

On Tuesday, June 18, 2024, FlavorSum’s Kalamazoo, Michigan team held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the site’s increased capabilities. The 35,000-square-foot expansion offers enhanced emulsion, extraction, and warehousing capacity and includes process automation to increase efficiency, quality, and safety. The Kalamazoo Innovation Center’s pilot plant has new UHT and HTST processing capabilities that help customers replicate and validate pasteurization production processes before scale-up.

The grand opening event hosted state and local media, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC),  community leaders, and the architectural, construction, and engineering teams who handled the project.  Attendees toured the location, participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and talked with FlavorSum leadership.

“We focus on reducing the headaches associated with flavor sourcing and food and beverage product development,” said Brian Briggs, President and CEO of FlavorSum, as he spoke to the audience. “The Kalamazoo expansion helps fulfill our promise to provide the capabilities and resources required to become the go-to flavor solutions partner for small, mid-sized, and emerging companies. We’re grateful for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s shared commitment to the expansion that will deliver economic growth benefits to Michigan and the Kalamazoo region.”

FlavorSum's Kalamazoo MI Grand Opening celebration of the warehouse expansion. People gathering for a tour of the facility.
Stakeholders taking a tour of FlavorSum's Kalamazoo, MI expansion
Ribbon Cutting photos of Brian Briggs, CEO and President with Production Team

FlavorSum Opens Innovation Center in Marlton, New Jersey

During the Kalamazoo grand opening, visitors could also take a virtual tour of FlavorSum’s new 10,000-square-foot Innovation Center in Marlton, New Jersey. The Center offers a flavor creation lab and analytical and application spaces to facilitate collaborative sessions with technical experts in food and beverage flavor solutions. The NJ Innovation Center also houses the Beverage Center of Excellence, which features pilot capabilities for carbonation, canning, tunnel pasteurization, and hot filling.

“Our three Innovation Centers in Kalamazoo, MI, Mississauga, ON and now in Marlton, NJ enable customers to partner on-site with our flavorists and applications experts, speeding product development,” commented Dave Franz, FlavorSum CCO. “Our locations are convenient for customers across the US and Canada and give us access to multiple talent pools. We help customers achieve their goals with an operational structure that includes resources like market insights, regulatory experts, and streamlined commercialization processes. We prioritize continuous improvement to keep pace with their needs.”

Great Taste Awaits!

By partnering with FlavorSum, you can cut the complexity out of flavor sourcing and accelerate your success with our delicious liquid flavor solutions.

Our expertise in flavor development and application support for foods and beverages, combined with industry-leading production and delivery, makes us a premier North American flavor company.

Connect with our team to schedule a working session to find flavor solutions for your next food or beverage innovation.

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