KALAMAZOO, MICH.  — Liquid flavor solutions manufacturer FlavorSum announced the opening of the 35,000-square-foot expansion inside its Kalamazoo, Mich., facility.

FlavorSum said the new space will increase and enhance the site’s emulsion, extraction and warehousing capacity, featuring an investment in process automation to increase efficiency, quality and safety.

The on-site innovation center pilot plant features new UHT and HTST processing capabilities to support the company’s Dairy Center of Excellence.

The company currently operates innovation centers in Kalamazoo and Mississauga, Ont., and is opening a 10,000-square-foot innovation center in Marlton, NJ. The center features an expanded flavor creation lab and analytical and application spaces. The New Jersey facility also will house the Beverage Center of Excellence, which features pilot capabilities for carbonation, canning, tunnel pasteurization and hot filling.

“We remain focused on reducing the headaches associated with flavor sourcing and new product development,” said Brian Briggs, president and chief executive officer of FlavorSum. “We continue to build our capabilities and resources as the go-to flavor solutions partner for small, mid-sized and emerging food and beverage companies. We’re grateful for the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s shared commitment to the expansion that will deliver economic growth benefits to Michigan and the Kalamazoo region.”

The official ribbon-cutting and grand opening will take place at the Kalamazoo location in Spring 2024.