Sensient Inspiration For Your Innovation

Sensient Technologies began back in 1882 as Meadow Springs Distillery.  In 1919, Prohibition threatened the company's existence. Fortunately, Meadow Springs had already created a business selling yeast; it was packaging the product under the brand Red Star Yeast.

During the 1960s, Red Star Yeast evolved from a single-product line producer to a highly diversified food company and changed its name to Universal Foods. Over the next several decades, the company divested its commodity segments while also acquiring dozens of companies, all of which had strategic products and innovative solutions.

In 2000, Universal Foods changed its name to Sensient Technologies to reflect its expanded focus. Today, Sensient is a global developer and marketer of high-performance, technology-based colour, flavour, and fragrance systems. Its global operations allow it to serve customers in more than 150 nations.

Sensient’s innovative technologies create fresh, unique solutions tailored to meet the needs of today’s educated consumers. The name communicates what they do: Enhance SENSory experiences through specialised ingredIENTs, delivered through proprietary TECHNOLOGIES.

Sensient Technologies Corporation has facilities around the world that produce a broad range of innovative products for many of the world’s best-known consumer and industrial companies. They provide customised food and beverage systems, pharmaceutical colours and coatings, cosmetic and personal care formulations, specialty inks and colours, and other fine chemicals.

The Auckland branch has been supporting the New Zealand food industry since 1984. Sensient’s development team and manufacturing site take international trends and technologies from its global resources and transforms them into local products, concepts and innovations for Kiwi customers.

The New Zealand business has a strong technical team and supports R&D development for the Asia Pacific region of Sensient. With robust local technical knowledge paired with marketing expertise, the New Zealand team has developed many solutions for customers, meeting their needs in sugar reduction, natural extracts, colouring foodstuffs, natural colours and tailored flavour requirements in both liquid and powder flavours.

With the majority of products supplied being manufactured here in New Zealand, the team are able to provide market-leading supply with short lead times. They also have flexibility in providing different pack sizes and small minimum order quantities.

If there’s one thing Sensient is more passionate about than colours, flavours and ingredients, it would be collaboration. Sensient is an expert in science, art, and innovation of taste. They are problem solvers, however, Sensient would be nothing without its clients and collaborators. Together, the most challenging product puzzles can be solved, making products that are delicious, craveable, and truly inspired.

Sensient continues to serve the food and beverage industries as a leading supplier of advanced technologies that help its customers bring natural and artificial flavours and colours to their products.

Sensient Technologies has overcome many hurdles in its long history to become who they are today. Sensient’s teams are more enthusiastic than ever.  The company is building a bridge to a new era with state-of-the-art production facilities and an ever-expanding team of highly educated industry specialists, coming from some of the largest companies across the globe.

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