Nielsen-Massey Vanillas Completes New State-of-the-Art Facility

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21 Oct 2013 --- Vanilla and flavor producer Nielsen-Massey has tripled the size of its manufacturing plant in Leeuwarden, Netherlands. The newly renovated facility has more office and production space. The need for expansion is a result of Nielsen-Massey’s yearly double-digit production growth.

“We are thrilled about the many opportunities this new plant offers us,” says Matt Nielsen, managing director for Nielsen-Massey Vanillas International B.V.  “Our increased production capabilities will enable us to keep up with growth, enter new markets and keep more product on-hand and warehoused to effectively meet our customers’ needs.”

The family owned and operated company also expanded its headquarters in Waukegan, IL, USA, in January 2012. 

Builder Jorritsma Bouw West B.V. renovated the facility in Leeuwarden with a budget of almost €3 million, financed through Deutsche Bank Nederland NV. Updates to the plant, which is currently operational, include:

• Dedicated areas for production, packaging and warehousing, which enable the company to comply with strict quality certification requirements for reducing the potential for product contamination
• New automated processing system provides more accurate and efficient batch processing
• Four times more office space

Started in 1907, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas has been in operation for over 100 years and occupied its previous manufacturing facility in Leeuwarden for 18 years. There are currently nine employees at the plant, but the company anticipates staff expansion in the near future. The company plans to install a demo/teaching kitchen in phase two of construction.

Nielsen-Massey Vanillas supplies its products to chefs, manufacturers of premium foods and retailers. Discriminating home cooks can find Nielsen-Massey Vanillas products in stores throughout Europe, including: Dunnes, Tores, Superquinn, Tesco, Spar, Londis, El Corte Ingles, Farrefour, Alma Market, Piotr i Pawel, Minieuropa, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Booths. 

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At Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, we have been crafting the world's finest vanillas and flavors since 1907. Founded by Richard Massey, who later partnered with Chatfield Nielsen, Sr, our company is still a family-owned operation run by the third generation of Nielsens: CEO Craig Nielsen, COO Matt Nielsen and Chief Culinary Officer, Director-International Beth Nielsen. Having grown up with the company and amidst the rich aroma of vanilla, they've spent their entire lives learning, studying and researching the best methods to produce pure flavors as well as how to achieve the best results in recipes and applications.

Having branched out from our humble origins in Sterling, Illinois our company now possesses state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities at its headquarters in Waukegan, Illinois, USA and its plant in Leeuwarden, Netherlands. Our products can be found throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand and are enjoyed by restaurant and bakery chefs, manufacturers of premium foods, gourmet food shops and grocers and discriminating home consumers looking to enhance their fine cooking and baking.

Our dedication to quality is matched only by our commitment to our customers. With this comes our pledge to provide you with pure vanilla and flavor products of unparalleled excellence, batch after batch, time after time.