To reinforce its focus on research and development (R&D), Cargill today opened the Cargill Innovation Center in Gurugram, Haryana, to develop innovative solutions that address food and beverage (F&B) market trends.
Cargill will partner with its food and beverage customers in India to identify consumer demands, translate global industry trends into local applications, and accelerate customer product innovation pipelines by co-developing healthy and nutritious food options for consumers.
Spread over nearly 17,000 square feet, this premier innovation center in India houses a sensory lab and experimental kitchen, with capabilities to serve the dairy, beverage, bakery and prepared food industries, as well as other specialty culinary applications. The Innovation Center brings together Cargill’s expertise across various industrial sectors, including edible oils and specialty fats; Starches, sweeteners and textiles. Tailor-made cocoa, chocolate and blended ingredients, under one roof, providing a complete solution to product innovation in the food and beverage industry.
To promote a healthy and nutritious diet in line with India’s progressive nutritional standards, the center will help customers reformulate products that are lower in fat, salt and sugar, while still maintaining flavor and texture.
This also connects Cargill customers in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa to a global network of 10 other innovation centers and more than 2,300 food scientists worldwide. The Innovation Center will house 27 food professionals/scientists, and will provide opportunities for aspiring talent from academia, agribusiness, and food sectors as well. It will also allow for research and development collaborations for companies of all sizes.
Simon George, President, Cargill India said, “Consumer choices are rapidly evolving towards healthy food, without compromising on taste, and this calls for product innovation. Through this innovation hub, we make our customers a hub to co-create innovative solutions for the discerning health-conscious consumers in India. This facility combines our global knowledge of food science and the scale and scope of Cargill’s business to bring unique research and development capabilities and the nutritional value chain together under one roof. We will help develop healthy, nutritious products that reflect market trends.”
The innovation center will be equipped with advanced applications and analytical capabilities, such as a UHT pilot plant and chocolate processing line, to develop market-driven solutions. It will combine the power of global knowledge with local capabilities to help ensure faster delivery of solutions to our clients.
The center will use augmented reality (AR) to remotely broadcast hands-on demonstrations to customers. The opening of this innovation center marks another milestone in Cargill’s three-decade journey in India and its commitment to contribute to India’s development.
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