Swiss flavours and fragrances company Givaudan has opened a manufacturing facility in Pune, India.

Built with an investment of Sfr60m ($59m), the plant is reported to be Givaudan’s largest investment in India and reflects its commitment to leverage growth potential in the Asia Pacific region.

The 40,000m² facility has been designed to produce flavour and taste solutions and help Givaudan to meet the demand from customers in food, beverage and health care segments.

Additionally, the facility is expected to complement the company’s existing plant in Daman and strengthen its capabilities in liquids compounding, powder blending, emulsions, process flavours and spray drying for consumers in India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Givaudan CEO Gilles Andrier said: “We are delighted to open this world-class flavours manufacturing facility in Pune as the latest example of Givaudan’s long-term heritage and commitment to India and our strategic focus on the high growth markets of Asia Pacific.

“There has been tremendous growth in the food and beverage industry in India and we have seen sustainable growth in this market.”

“Our new plant will enable Givaudan to collaborate even more closely with our customers to deliver differentiated solutions and great taste experiences to the dynamic Indian market.”

Equipped with LED lighting technology to reduce carbon emissions, the facility is expected to make important contributions to the company’s Climate Action Agenda.

It is also the company’s first Zero Liquid Discharge site, which ensures that all waste water is purified and recycled at the end of the treatment cycle.

The flavours and fragrances manufacturer intends to create 200 jobs at its facility.

Givaudan APAC Flavours commercial head Monila Kothari said: “Over the last few years, there has been tremendous growth in the food and beverage industry in India and we have seen sustainable growth in this market.

“Given this rapid transformation, we need to be agile to address the needs of these markets and this new manufacturing facility in India is designed to cater to this.”

Last month, Givaudan opened its technical and commercial centre in Casablanca, Morocco.

With the capacity to offer a wide range of flavour applications, the Moroccan facility will serve customers in the savoury, beverages, sweet goods, dairy and snacks segments.