Swiss flavours and fragrances firm Givaudan has expanded its presence in China with the opening of its liquid flavour production facility for beverages, dairy and sweet products.

The facility, which is an extension to Givaudan’s existing Nantong manufacturing facility, will be used to support the company’s growth ambitions in China and meet consumer demand for healthier products.

For the expansion, the company invested an additional CHF30m ($30m), bringing the total investment on the Nantong facility to CHF80m ($80m).

Givaudan CEO Gilles Andrier said: “The total investment we have made on the Nantong site supports our strategic goal of increasing Givaudan’s footprint in high growth markets and capturing growth opportunities.

“More importantly, the larger Nantong site will now enable Givaudan to collaborate even more closely with our customers to deliver innovative and creative taste solutions to the ever-evolving Chinese market.”

Around 95% of the products produced at this 16,000m2 expanded facility will be distributed in the Chinese market and will help the company in meeting the growing demand for its products in food and beverage segments in China.

The expanded Nantong manufacturing facility is expected to boost the company’s existing capabilities in liquid flavours, savoury and culinary flavour blends and spray dries.

Givaudan Flavours APAC commercial head Monila Kothari said: “China’s economy has blossomed quickly over the years and is now the world’s second-biggest economy. As a result, we have seen tremendous growth in the food and beverage industry coming from local players.

“Given this rapid transformation, we now have a manufacturing facility that can support our business development strategy in China.”

The company initially laid the foundation for the Nantong manufacturing facility in April 2013.