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IFF – Where Science and Creativity Meet

International Flavors & Fragrances is taking its exports to a global audience by expanding its diverse portfolio.

By Livability on November 10, 2021

IFF Cedar Rapids
Courtesy of IFF Cedar Rapids

International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (IFF) Health & Biosciences division is taking its exports to a global audience. 

Inspired by nature and distinguished by its world-class bioscience and microbiome capabilities, IFF’s Health & Biosciences division is a leading innovation partner for customers across a broad range of consumer products, industrial and agricultural sectors, working closely with customers to enhance products — and their processes — to deliver safer, healthier and more sustainable solutions. 

IFF’s Cedar Rapids, Iowa, based manufacturing plant operates 24/7, producing multiple enzymes, including protease and amylase enzymes, yeast, phytase and fermentates. 

The approximately 200 employees boast highly technical skill sets that enable them to run the 250,000-square-foot facility at high levels of performance and automation, producing essential components that are used in biofuels production, food, preservatives for food, detergents, animal feed and more. 

This thriving plant is an asset to the Cedar Rapids community — and not just for the important products it manufactures. The company supports a multitude of local institutions and charitable events, including the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, Meals on Wheels, Indian Creek Nature Center and Cedar Valley Humane Society, to name just a few. 

Employees at the IFF Cedar Rapids manufacturing plant also benefit from a strong company culture and values. Core values and principles that guide company culture include safety, quality, sustainability and integrity, with employees encouraged to “act like an owner” and take pride in the work. 

“Beyond world-class equipment, technology and R&D capabilities, it is our employees that make our Cedar Rapids facility so successful.” 

– Joe Kilburg, plant manager 

The family-oriented business also provides flexible schedules, tuition reimbursement and impressive benefits — not to mention the reputability of being a global leader in biotech innovation. 

In fact, IFF Cedar Rapids is currently in the process of a $50 million investment to better meet consumer demands within its diverse product portfolio. 

“Beyond world-class equipment, technology and R&D capabilities, it is our employees that make our Cedar Rapids facility so successful,” says Joe Kilburg, plant manager. 

At the heart of IFF Cedar Rapids’ success is investing in talent and valuing the diversity of its people. 

To drive breakthrough innovation and top performance, the company also offers talent management, career development and workplace health and safety programs for employees. 

If you are interested in joining the IFF team, visit iff.com/careers. 

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