A taste of Texas

California beverage company flows into growing Austin suburb with new headquarters

California beverage company flows into growing Austin suburb with HQ

Sovereign Flavors
The company will open an 80,000-square-foot facility in Kyle. Sovereign Flavors/Facebook

A company that develops flavorings for beverages and other products is moving its headquarters from Southern California to Kyle.

Sovereign Flavors’ new 80,000-square-foot home in Kyle will contain corporate offices as well as manufacturing, quality assurance, and research-and-development operations. The company’s custom flavors are used in beverages, dairy products, nutrition bars, herbal supplements, and other items.

“Texas provides a remarkable environment for our business and our Sovereign family as we cultivate talented individuals who work with pride, purpose, and talent,” David Ames, the company’s president and owner, says in a news release.

Over 50 people work at Sovereign Flavors, whose current headquarters is in Santa Ana, California. Customers include Total Wine & More, CVS, Walgreens, Spec’s, and BevMo!

“More and more innovative businesses like Sovereign are moving to Texas because of our world-class business climate, diverse workforce, and endless avenues of opportunity for all Texans to succeed,” Gov. Greg Abbott says in announcing the company’s move.

Sovereign Flavors, founded in 2004, joins a parade of businesses that have relocated from California to Texas in the past several years. Those companies include Oracle and Tesla, both based in Austin; Hewlett Packard Enterprise, based in Spring; and CBRE and McKesson, which are based in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Among the draws for California companies is the fact that, unlike the Golden State, Texas doesn’t impose a state income tax.