Swiss fragrance and flavour company Firmenich has opened a taste creation facility in Bonifacio Global City in Manila, the Philippines.

The taste creation hub features laboratories and sensory capabilities to shape the future of food in the region.

Firmenich CEO Gilbert Ghostine said: “Staying at the forefront of creativity and innovation is paramount for us to be the Taste and Nutrition partner of choice.

“We have been present and continuously investing in the Philippines since 1996, and look forward to continuing to deliver the most innovative and consumer-focused taste solutions to our customers.”

"Our tailor-made solutions, particularly for sugar reduction, will allow our customers in the Philippines to meet the needs of today’s health-conscious consumers."

Earlier this year, Firmenich opened its culinary discovery centre in Thailand. With the opening of the taste hub in Manila, the company intends to further strengthen its footprint in the Southeast Asian market.

Additionally, the company launched its latest taste modulation solution TastePRINT, which is claimed to offer a 100% reduction of sugar naturally.

Firmenich Flavors president Emmanuel Butstraen said: “This strategic investment in the Philippines will enable us to work more closely with our customers to co-create great taste experiences that appeal to the diversity of consumers across the country and beyond.

“We are dedicated to creating food and beverages that are both healthier and delicious. Our tailor-made solutions, particularly for sugar reduction, will allow our customers in the Philippines to meet the needs of today’s health-conscious consumers without ever sacrificing on taste.”