2/18/12 – The Plant Manager of Sensient Flavors says a planned expansion of the company’s facility in Juneau comes at a time when the business is doing quite well. Sensient will be constructing a new $18 million dollar building on their Juneau campus beginning as early as April. Plant Manager Rick Janes told the Juneau Common Council this week that the new expansion is propelling the local facility to be a flagship for the whole company. The new addition will bolster Sensient’s flavors and fragrances division, allowing for increased capacity to produce yeast extract, an item that can be found in everything from crackers and soups to cancer drugs. Janes says companies are fighting for their product ever since the FDA started to encourage finished-product producers like Kraft and Nestle to reduce salt and fat intake. He says the yeast extract product made in Juneau fits the bill and companies are quote, “knocking down” their doors. The new facility should be operational by the end of the year.