Construction has begun on T. Hasegawa USA’s new 60,000-square-foot facility at 8720 Rochester Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Scheduled to open in March 2022, the new plant will augment the company’s manufacturing resources in the U.S. market by 50% and expand the company’s capabilities in the production of sweet food and beverage flavors. It also will feature state-of-the-art equipment, with large capacity equipment for liquid blending, spray dry technology for powdered flavors, and extraction equipment for flavor extractions. The company plans to continue operations from its corporate headquarters in Cerritos, Calif., before shifting to its larger plant in Rancho Cucamonga, it says. “We have experienced organic growth in recent years and outgrown our original manufacturing facilities as we continue to expand our world-class food and beverage flavor development,” said T. Hasegawa USA CEO Tom Damiano in a statement. “The new Rancho Cucamonga location is significantly larger than our existing U.S. manufacturing facility in Cerritos and will serve as a platform for future growth.” In addition to boosting the square footage dedicated to flavor manufacturing and expanding T. Hasegawa’s technical capabilities, the new facility will increase its U.S.-based staff, with many new positions opening to service the production of food and beverage flavors.
St. Louis-based EverGrain Ingredients, a barley fiber and protein ingredient company, showcased new ingredients at the Food Ingredients Europe tradeshow in Frankfurt, Germany. The ingredients are designed to enable a new benchmark for limited water use, emissions and land use while ensuring better nutrition and taste, it says. The Anheuser-Busch InBev-backed company has partnered with The Carbon Underground for an at-show soil restoration initiative, the Adopt-A-Meter initiative, which will fund the restoration of 1,000 meters of land on behalf of the show’s attendees. In a statement, EverGrain’s CEO Greg Belt said: “People are talking, and what they’re saying is that they want plant-based options that taste better, are more nutritious, and that truly have a positive impact on the planet. This was the impetus for EverGrain where, through our ingredients, we have come up with solutions that can improve the taste, sustainability, and nutrition of beverages, bakery and multiple other applications.”