Cargill's recent US$12M expansion of its R&D center in Vilvoorde, Belgium, will help drive food, beverage and feed product innovation for CPGs, foodservice operators and retailers worldwide, company says

MINNEAPOLIS , April 9, 2014 (press release) – A recent expansion at Cargill’s European Research and Development Center in Vilvoorde, Belgium, will help drive food, beverage and feed product innovation for CPGs, foodservice operators and retailers worldwide.

The $12 million expansion features a new state-of-the-art pilot plant, adding 53,000 square feet of innovation space where 145 Cargill food scientists and technologists work with food and beverage manufacturers to develop new ingredients, refine product formulations and test new manufacturing processes.

“This investment will help us maintain and grow our leading research and development capabilities and shows Cargill’s continuing commitment to sustainable growth through innovation,” said Didier Bonnet, Cargill Global Food Research Leader.

The site’s expansion features new equipment that enables Cargill’s customers to scale-up next-generation ingredients used in a wide-range of products in categories such as bakery, beverage, confectionery, snacks and dairy.

“Food and beverage manufacturers are challenged to drive growth through product innovation while keeping costs in check,” said Adam Waehner, Cargill Assistant Vice President, Technical Services Leader. “The expansion of our Vilvoorde facility will help our customers shorten product development cycles and optimize costs. Customers with geographic growth plans will benefit by having access to Cargill’s global network of research and development.”

Contact

Sören Erickson, 952-742-9205, soren_erickson@cargill.com

###

About Cargill

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and nearly 150 years of experience. We have 143,000 employees in 67 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work. For more information, visit Cargill.com and our News Center.

* All content is copyrighted by Industry Intelligence, or the original respective author or source. You may not recirculate, redistrubte or publish the analysis and presentation included in the service without Industry Intelligence's prior written consent. Please review our terms of use.