Australian based company Flavourtech is a global technology manufacturer specializing in aroma recovery, extraction and evaporation solutions. Recently Flavourtech opened an office and pilot plant in Wageningen and Ede respectively. The company expects the move will grant them better access to the EU market, where most of their clients are located. Oost NL, Wageningen University and Research and the NFIA assisted Flavourtech with their move to the Foodvalley region.
Michael Craig, Innovations Director (left) and Sriram Karuturi, European Operations Manager
Flavourtech is famous for its ‘spinning cone technology’, a method which in short time and with low temperatures, is able to recover natural aroma from food and beverages. The method gained a lot of traction with its use spreading to the recovery of aroma and removal of alcohol to produce low and zero alcohol wines. This success was soon replicated in the coffee industry. Leon Skaliotis, General Manager at Flavourtech, says: “With further applications and success also being achieved in other industries, including fruit and vegetables, dairy and pharmaceutical.” Flavourtech develops, produces and sells the machines for extraction processes to food and beverage producers: “Today we export to more than 60 countries around the world, serviced by our global network of offices, distributors and agents,” says Skaliotis
Addition to the food-ecosystem
Oost NL, Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), Wageningen University & Research, Labnest, municipalities of Wageningen and Ede and Kadans Science Partner assisted Flavourtech in various ways. For example, connecting them to experts for legal advice, recruitment agencies, assisting in location search, connecting to science experts all to provide them with a soft-landing in the ecosystem.
Leon Skaliotis, General Manager Flavourtech: “The assistance provided by different parties in Foodvalley has been an affirmation of our decision to move our pilot plant to Wageningen” With the establishment of Flavourtech it provides companies the possibility to upscale volumes in the pilot plant of Flavourtech. “We’re looking forward to collaborating with the university, startups, research institutes and companies in the Foodvalley ecosystem. The available knowledge has been an important reason for our move to the East of the Netherlands” concludes Leon Skaliotis.
Jurgen Sonneborn, advisor Food at Oost NL, is thrilled with Flavourtech’s choice for Ede and Wageningen: “It was a collective effort to provide Flavourtech with a soft landing in the region. Foodvalley is a magnet for high tech food companies such as Flavourtech, that provide sustainable ways to produce enough healthy food for the growing population. I’m positive the company will find partners in the region to work with.”
Sriram Karuturi, European Operations Manager at Flavourtech adds: “We’re happy to set up store at Wageningen Campus and look forward to the collaborations. We hope to add value and learn from other companies on de campus.” Organisations on Wageningen Campus have easy access to the knowledge of world-renowned scientific experts from Wageningen University & Research and from the other R&D research centres on campus.