Activ International completed a relocation of its North American manufacturing and R&D operations to Somerset, N.J.

Activ, Bienne, Switzerland, has been a global flavor ingredients player since 1984. It specializes in natural and organic meat, poultry, seafood, vegetable and vegetarian flavors and extracts, natural colors and specialty grill flavors.

Activ held a grand opening event at its new location on September 29. The 40,000-sq.-ft. facility includes boast a 1,200-sq.-ft. R&D center and a 30,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing plant and warehouse. There are five R&D staffers on site, which include Activ North America’s lead formulators and scientists.

"At our new facilities, the ‘Center of Flavor Excellence,’ we’ll continue to create and manufacture our natural and organic savory reaction flavors. Additionally, this multi-million dollar investment has allowed us to enlarge our portfolio with new packaging and processing capabilities developed in our fully equipped pilot plant,” says Robert Delin, chairman of Activ’s parent, the Activ Group.

Peter Gollmer, Activ International’s vice president and general manager for North America, says the new facilities will help Activ respond to customer needs more efficiently, as their local and international customer base continues to expand.

Activ International has built its business on patented ingredient technologies involving optimal flavor and color solutions. Activ International North America has been the industry leader manufacturing natural flavor keys, culinary flavors, and enhanced savory flavors. Its main technologies are designed to deliver the authentic flavor profiles of their characteristic raw materials of meat, poultry, seafood, vegetable and vegetarian. Those specialties include:

• Separate Phase Meat and Poultry Flavors
• Specialty Oil Infused Flavors
• Culinary Vegetable and Meat Flavors
• Specialty Extraction/Concentration
• Lipid/Protein Pyrolysis

In addition to many products being halal and kosher certified, Activ International is a leading manufacturer of USDA certified organic savory flavors for the rapidly growing all- natural, organic food market.

Activ International holds an FSSC 22000 Food Safety Management System certification. The certification provides a framework for effectively managing the organization's food safety responsibilities and is fully recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative and is based on existing ISO Standards. In addition to the certification, Activ North America and its worldwide affiliates in Ariquipa, Peru, Melaka, Malasia, and Mitry Mory, France will be linked by a new ERP system.

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