We champion innovators in Cedar Rapids, Iowa


IFF Cedar Rapids has been one of the leaders in the manufacturing of industrial enzymes for over 30 years. With more than 220 full time employees, we are focused on providing quality products for various industries ranging from biofuels production, food/ food preservatives, detergents, and more.

The Cedar Rapids IFF location produces enzymes using a biochemical process which are consumed by a broad range of consumer product, industrial, food and agricultural sectors. Our products can be found in:

  • Animal Nutrition & Health
  • Bakery
  • Brewery
  • Energy & Water
  • Fuel Ethanol
  • Laundry, Dishwashing and Personal Care

Cedar Rapids is also home to the Applied Innovation Center (AIC) and is IFF’s largest applications laboratory dedicated to supporting the grain processing industry. The AIC was constructed in Cedar Rapids, IA to be centrally located within the US Corn Belt, local to our customers. Comprising of both a research laboratory and pilot facility we lead efforts essential to development and commercialization of new enzyme and yeast products. With a focus on customers from both the carbohydrate processing and fuel alcohol markets, the team is able to provide on- and off-site technical service, expertise and training support locally for North American customers.

At Cedar Rapids, we apply science and innovation to create cutting edge food additives, enzymes, and many more bio-based products to create a better world and more sustainable future for us all.


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Community Impact

The IFF Cedar Rapids Community Relations team is committed to serving Cedar Rapids and the surrounding communities. The team focuses on Education, Civic, Socially Challenged, and Environmental needs by volunteering our time and resources. Every employee has the benefit of 4 paid hours of volunteer time. In 2022, employees replanted native grasses at Indian Creek Nature Center and trees in Cedar Rapids through the ReLeaf program. The ReLeaf program was designed so that tree plantings address climate concerns, preserve neighborhood character, and balance equity across neighborhoods.



And has gone through several expansions over our 30-year history in the Cedar Rapids community. We are currently in the middle of a $48 million expansion to meet customer demands and are looking forward to a productive future.


  • Self-driven teams – no “frontline supervision”​
  • Emphasis on empowerment and ownership
  • Consistently strong performance and business results​
  • Strong focus on technology, competitiveness, and continuous improvement.


Be a part of a team-oriented facility where collaboration is key to our success.

We take pride in what we do- We encourage taking on responsibility and possessing an acting like an owner mentality.

Our team is like a family, and we look after one another and provide flexibility, opportunities to connect, and several company sponsored events tohelp unwind​.


"I have enjoyed my time here in Cedar Rapids. One of my favorite things about our facility is that we strive to develop our employees. We have promoted from within for most roles. In fact, 90% of our local leadership team started in an entry level role and worked their way up, including myself. I have been a team leader for 4 years now and I would say my favorite part is the daily interaction with the operators and finding ways to develop their skillsets and push them into a promotable position. As a team leader, I try to continue our long history of developing future leaders from within."

– Mike Hubert, Operations Team Leader

"I think the most important and enjoyable thing at IFF Cedar Rapids location is making connections and growing relationships with my coworkers. IFF Cedar Rapids pays for multiple events throughout the year for employee's and their families to get together. Whether we are enjoying a Kernels game, a rough riders match or playing in our Thursday night volleyball league. Not only does this offer us an opportunity to form friendships- this also makes us better employees."

– Derek Thomae, Logistics Analyst

"As a working mother and wife, at work the most important things for me are work life balance, family environment and growing professionally. IFF, Cedar Rapids location is the best organization I have worked so far where I get the best of all."

– Geetanjali Mahadik, Senior Application Associate

"I've been a process engineer at IFF for about 2 ½ years, and I really enjoy the complexity of the Cedar Rapids site. We make so many different enzymes, and to me, it's interesting to see all the final products we help make. The complexity also creates an environment where I'm challenged daily to develop ways to improve the process, and it's great to be able to troubleshoot and brainstorm new ideas with the operations team. The complexity also allows me access to a variety of different experiences within one site – learning new engineering skills, learning how to lead people, or learning the specifics of the business side."

– Abbie Kulhanek, Process Engineer
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