Carol Stream, Ill.-based Prinova announced the promotion of Cyndie Lipka from senior flavorist to master flavorist. In a career that spans 30 years, Lipka is classically trained as a flavor chemist, one of only 350 globally certified flavorists, the company says. She also was selected as “Flavorist of the Year” for 2017 by the board of Women in Flavor & Fragrance Commerce Inc.

Geneva, Switzerland-based Firmenich announced that it successfully completed the acquisition of Newark, N.J.-based Natural Flavors Inc. The acquisition will enable Firmenich to build on Natural Flavor’s Stein family’s vision and bring consumers new natural and organic-certified flavors, it says.

Comax Flavors, Melville, N.Y., announced two new hires: Stacey Kelly as senior product development specialist and Lena McCarthy as regulatory specialist.

New York-based International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF) broke ground on a new flavors and fragrances manufacturing plant in Sri City, India. Part of a larger investment into the Greater Asia region, the plant is expected to be commercialized by December 2019, the company says. The new facility occupies 32 acres and will serve IFF customers across India and the region, it says. To drive sustainability, the new site is designed for efficient water use and reuse, will incorporate rainwater harvesting capabilities and will be built using energy-efficient building materials and equipment, it adds.

Christoffer Lorenzen was promoted to executive vice president of Hoersholm, Denmark-based Chr. Hansen’s Food Cultures and Enzymes business unit. Effective Feb. 1, Lorenzen also was appointed to the Executive Board of Chr. Hansen Holdings, where he is responsible for the day-today management of the company.