Edison, N.J.-based Allen Flavors promoted David Allen to director of building operations. The company also added Maria Flati to its customer service team.


Andy Blum joined Carlstadt, N.J.-based Citromax, a division of Citroil Enterprises Inc., as vice president of product development.


DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products Co. LLC, Loudon, Tenn., partnered with Symrise, Teterboro, N.Y., for the use of Zemea USP propanediol as a carrier for compounded flavors. Zemea USP propanediol is a natural, 100 per-cent bio-based solvent and humectant made from the fermentation of glucose.


Cargill, Minneapolis, announced that, as part of the Cargill Cocoa Promise, the first Brazilian cocoa farmers have become UTZ Certified and their products can now carry the UTZ Certified label. The Cargill Cocoa Promise is the company’s global commitment to the development of a sustainable cocoa supply chain and to improving the lives of cocoa farmers, supporting cocoa farming communities, and investing in the future of cocoa farming. For its cocoa customers, Cargill launched three new tools in its portfolio of Price Risk Services to help customers more easily manage price risk when working with cocoa and chocolate. These new protective structures, CocoaPacer, CocoaPacer Cap and CocoaRange Cap are designed to help protect customers from price volatility, it says. 


Dallas-based Celanese launched a unified brand and new slogan, “the chemistry inside innovation,” to represent its various businesses and capabilities. The new brand incorporates the following products, solutions and technologies: cellulose derivatives such as Clarifoil and CelFX matrix technology; emulsion polymers including EcoVae, TruModa and Vinamul; engineered materials such as Hostaform, Celcon Pom, Gur UHMW-PE and Celstran LFRT;  ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) polymer products including Ateva and VitalDose; food ingredients including Sunett and the Qorus sweetener system; and intermediate chemistry products and technologies such as AOPlus, VAntagePlus and TCX Technology.


Fona International, Geneva, Ill., launched a Discover Fona website at fona.com/discover-fona as a research tool for teachers who wish to incorporate food and flavor science into their lesson plans.


 Nielsen-Massey, Waukegan, Ill., tripled the size of its manufacturing plant in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, to accommodate its double-digit production growth this year, the company says. The approximately $4 million renovation created dedicated areas for production, packaging and warehousing, which enable the company to comply with strict quality certification requirements for reducing the potential for product contamination; a new automated processing system that provides more accurate and efficient batch processing; and four times more office space, it says.