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Sensient Technologies announces major investment in new South Africa facility

Sensient Technologies Corp has announced that it plans to make a significant investment to build a new colour and flavour complex in Johannesburg. The investment will provide a state-of-the-art research, development and manufacturing location with dedicated facilities for both colours and flavours.

In a short press release, Sensient says this expansion will accommodate greater growth in colours and flavours for foods and beverages in South Africa and reinforce Sensient’s position within the African marketplace.

“Customers will benefit from improved lead times and local production capabilities. The facility will also significantly improve Sensient’s ability to service the market for pharmaceutical colours and coatings,’ says the statement.

No details on its exact location or expected completion are provided.

Paul Manning, President and COO of Sensient Technologies, says, “Our customers want local commercial and technical service, with quick and flexible manufacturing, and product availability. With this investment, we can ensure that our customers have shorter lead times, better logistics and more convenient technical service. Building our business locally positions Sensient as a strong resource to our customers for colours and flavours and strengthens our position in pharmaceutical coatings and colours.”

Currently, Sensient Colors is based in a Kyasand factory, while the flavour division operates out of offices in Rivonia. The latter was long represented in SA by In Essence, but decided to operate directly in the country some two years ago. It is headed up by Raoul Martin, while the colour operation is managed by Aret Meyer.


Sensient Technologies Corporation is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of colours, flavours and fragrances. Sensient employs advanced technologies at facilities around the world to develop specialty food and beverage systems, cosmetic and pharmaceutical systems, inkjet and specialty inks and colours, and other specialty and fine chemicals. The company’s customers include major international manufacturers representing most of the world’s best-known brands. Sensient is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.