Contributing to a More Sustainable Future

By September 7, 2022Blog, News

At Custom Flavors, we’re dedicated to more than providing the highest quality flavors. We believe in taking care of people, well beyond those who buy from us.

To accomplish this goal, we focus on exactly how we impact our community, our environment, and our planet. Since opening our doors in 2005, we’ve closely monitored our energy needs and sustainability metrics with the goal of consistent improvement. With that data, we’ve outlined a path forward to lead the industry in green initiatives by reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and moving toward clean, renewable energy.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the progress we’ve made so far and where we’re headed next. Remember, when you do business with Custom Flavors, you’re choosing to make a real difference.

Reducing Our CO2 Emissions

Increasing carbon emissions and greenhouse gases threaten our environment’s future sustainability and overall health. Unfortunately, some industries and companies avoid taking proactive steps toward renewable energy or discussing how their current actions could affect climate change. They’ve decided that keeping quiet and hoping no one notices is the best course of action. We disagree strongly and believe that being an enthusiastic and progressive advocate for (and consumer of) renewable energy is a moral imperative that sets high standards and inspires continuous positive change throughout our industry.



After carefully building our growth plan and consulting with experts, we’ve taken impactful steps to reduce our carbon footprint, increase our use of renewable energy sources, and ultimately, reach full carbon neutrality. These include:

  • Outfitting both of our production facilities with state-of-the-art solar systems. With this technology, we’ve reduced our carbon emissions by almost 170,000 kg!
  • Offering generous incentive programs for employees who are constantly on the road wishing to purchase Electric & Partial Zero Emission Vehicles (PZEV).
  • Utilizing energy-efficient LED lighting in our buildings to maximize the green power we produce.

With the power of solar energy and the support of our partners/customers, Custom Flavors is dedicated to optimizing and expanding this mission to include new and improved eco-technologies as they become available.


Finding the Highest Quality Ingredients

Our customers already know that our team of expert flavorists have the ability to match any flavor with our state-of-the-art GC/MS equipment. With accurate, timely flavor matching, our processes improve your current lead times, cost, service, and delivery. All of this improves your product and the bottom line. However, there’s another important component to our recipe for success…

Ethical supply chain management is essential to our business. To continue creating the great-tasting flavors and extracts that our customers expect, there’s really no other option. As such, we carefully source and select our ingredients to ensure quality, sustainability, and safety. From glycerin certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to cocoa powder certified by the Rainforest Alliance, our experts make sure that our products meet or exceed the highest standards.

Minimizing Our Footprint and Helping Others

Our energy use and our processes for identifying high-quality ingredients are comprehensive; they’re not all-encompassing. We use more than just power and raw materials to complete our goals. That’s why we take painstaking steps to reduce our internal usage of single-use plastics and package our products in a recyclable and compactable way. Additionally, through our partnerships with organizations like the South Orange County Wastewater Authority (SOCWA) and South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), Custom Flavors is taking an act-now approach to reducing our environmental footprint.

Outside of our environmental concerns, we know that we owe our community a huge debt of gratitude. That’s why we give back by providing sponsorships to the Orange County Food Bank and donations to support our local colleges.

Planting a Seed for the Industry

When it comes to our environmental practices, Custom Flavors wants to be an inspiration to the industry and our customers. We know that even with cooperative, effective, and purpose-driven action, we can’t accomplish this mission alone.

We must focus on the present, today. By reducing non-renewable energy consumption, Custom Flavors is taking proactive steps to protect the environment with our eco-initiatives. Pledges, promises, and pacts are important, but immediate action is a priority. The message from our industry and the world should be: Starting today, each of our collective carbon footprints can be reduced.

Custom Flavors is proud to stand with other forward-thinking companies and individuals around the world who want to provide the next generation with a more sustainable and responsible future. If you’re interested in learning more about our green initiatives or how we’re giving back to the community, please click here to contact one of our team members.