Beverage development company Flavorman has held a ceremonial groundbreaking on the site of its new facility expansion in Louisville, KY.
Upon completion, the project will bring 30 new jobs to downtown Louisville and will serve as a catalyst for attracting global business to the city.
“With more than 125 food and beverage companies located regionally, businesses can take products from concept to consumer all in one place and Flavorman is a key player in that ecosystem. Whether a company wants to find just the right balance of flavors to entice consumers, or someone wants to learn about the art of distilling, Flavorman is where they turn,” said Mayor Greg Fischer.
The project represents an $8.5m investment to scale up Flavorman’s state-of-the-art ‘Beverage Campus’ and better serve demand for their custom beverage development services.
Designed by Frankfort-based G. Scott & Associates (GSA) and contracted by Cardinal Industries, the addition will cover 28,000 square feet and connect to the company’s main laboratory. Once complete, it will boost production capacity, expanding Flavorman’s blending, bottling/canning, processing and bulk storage operations.
The project is the latest in a series of expansions at Flavorman in the last few years as the company continues to experience exponential growth. In 2006, the company rehabbed the existing 24,000 square-foot building, believing it would be more space than they could ever use. Six years later, the company purchased a neighboring building to create the educational distillery, Moonshine University. In 2018, the company added office space.
Together, Flavorman and Moonshine University make up a Beverage Campus that houses a fully equipped educational distillery, classroom, production facility with a custom bottling line, sensory library and a beverage innovation laboratory. Flavorman has developed more than 70,000 beverage formulations for brands worldwide, while Moonshine University has hosted hands-on classes for students from all 50 states and 44 countries.
“This expansion is an incredible opportunity for our city,” said David Dafoe, Flavorman Founder & CEO. “When I started Flavorman almost 30 years ago, I did it out of a passion for the craft. I’m proud of the role Flavorman and Moonshine University continue to play in establishing Louisville as the epicenter for not just bourbon, but the beverage industry overall.”
Construction on the upcoming addition to the campus is estimated to complete during fall of 2022.