Concentrated Active Ingredients & Flavors Inc., a supplier of innovative naturally sourced ingredients, will establish operations in West Columbia, South Carolina. The $5 million is expected to create 20 new jobs in Lexington County.
The office and state-of-the-art lab, located on Technology Drive, will accommodate the logistics, quality, finance, human resources and research and development departments. Operations are planned for the second quarter of 2022.
"We are thrilled to establish our presence and continue building the CAIF brand in the Palmetto State. I would like to whole-heartedly thank the South Carolina Department of Commerce and Lexington County for assisting with this project. It is truly exciting knowing that our planned new operation will positively contribute to the local economy and generate at least 20 new jobs in the area within just the first phase of our project,” said CAIF CEO Cesar Fernandes.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $75,000 Set-Aside grant to Lexington County to assist with costs related to the project.
Founded in 2016 CAIF specializes in the procurement, custom production and distribution of a thoughtfully curated portfolio of premium, science-backed superfoods and health-promoting ingredients. The company actively works on new product developments by closely following scientific breakthroughs in nutrition and caters its products to the food and beverage, dietary supplement and pet nutrition industries.
“South Carolina has shown that we have the recipe for success for companies of all kinds. We are happy to celebrate CAIF establishing new operations in Lexington County and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for this great company,” noted Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III.
“We welcome Concentrated Active Ingredients & Flavors to Lexington County. While the company is known for the ingredients it puts into products, we’re particularly excited today about the investment it’s putting into the local community and its people. Congratulations CAIF on your growth and to our partners in Lexington County for this latest win,” Central SC Alliance Chairman W. Keller Kissam added.