North American flavor producer FlavorSum, a Kalamazoo, Mich.-based North American flavor producer, announced that it has added Meridian Flavors, a U.S.-based flavor manufacturer specializing in natural, non-GMO and organic flavors to the FlavorSum platform. The acquisition is part of FlavorSum’s strategy to expand resources that support the needs of small, mid-sized and emerging food and beverage companies. 

It notes that Meridian Flavors, which is headquartered in Fenton, Mo., and founded in 2009, has an extensive portfolio of sweet and dairy flavors for bakery and snacks that enhances FlavorSum’s portfolio and position as a solutions provider. 

As FlavorSum continues to expand its portfolio in natural ingredients and flavor solutions, it notes that Meridian Flavors is the fifth company joining FlavorSum following the 2020 mergers of National Flavors, GSB & Associates and Bonnie & Don Flavours, and the 2021 addition of Whittle & Mutch. 

“Our commitment to providing solutions for our customers through organic growth, significant investments and strategic acquisitions remains a top priority,” says FlavorSum CEO Brian Briggs. “With the onboarding of Meridian Flavors, we strengthen our ability to support our customers’ goals through talent, capabilities and flavor offerings.” 

Richard Lane, president and owner at Meridian, adds: “We’ll have more flavor and applications capabilities to offer customers. And the resources such as insights expertise and regulatory support will improve our ability to meet our customers’ current needs and expand relationships with new solutions and offerings.” 

Following the close, Meridian Flavors’ customers will continue to receive flavor creation, production, and distribution services under the direction of the FlavorSum team through its facilities in North America. 

"FlavorSum and Meridian Flavors have alignment on core values and a commitment to providing an exceptional customer experience,” Briggs states. “We look forward to bringing our capabilities and portfolios together to help our current and future customers achieve their growth goals.”