Cargill opens India’s first food innovation center

Cargill’s first food innovation center in Gurugram, Haryana

With increased focus on research and development (R&D), Cargill today opened the Cargill Innovation Center in Gurugram, Haryana, to develop innovative solutions that respond to food and beverage market trends. (F&B).
Cargill will partner with its F&B customers in India to identify consumer demands, translate global industry trends into local applications, and accelerate customers’ product innovation pipelines by co-developing healthy and nutritious food options for consumers.
This first innovation center in India, spread over nearly 17,000 square feet, includes a sensory lab and demonstration kitchen, with capabilities to serve the dairy, beverage, bakery and ready-to-eat industries, as well as other specialized culinary applications. The Innovation Center combines Cargill’s expertise in different industry segments, including edible oils and specialty fats; starches, sweeteners and texturizers; cocoa and chocolate; and custom blended ingredients, under one roof, bringing a complete product innovation solution to the F&B industry.

In order to promote healthy and nutritious diets in line with progressive food standards in India, the Center will help customers reformulate products that are low in fat, salt and sugar, while maintaining taste and texture.

It also connects Cargill customers in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa with a global network of 10 other innovation centers and more than 2,300 food scientists around the world. The Innovation Center will have 27 food specialists / scientists and will also provide opportunities for future talents from academia, agrifood and food. It will also allow R&D collaboration for companies of all sizes.
Simon George, President of Cargill India, said: “Consumer choices are rapidly shifting towards healthy food without compromising taste, which requires product innovation. Through this innovation center, we make our clients the centerpiece of co-creating innovative solutions for demanding and health conscious Indian consumers. This facility combines our global knowledge of food science with the size and scale of Cargill’s business to bring together unique R&D and food value chain capabilities under one roof. We will help develop healthy and nutritious products that reflect market trends. “
The innovation center will be equipped with advanced applications and analytical capabilities, such as a pilot ultra-high temperature (UHT) processing plant and chocolate processing line, to develop market-driven solutions. It will combine the strength of global know-how and local capabilities to help ensure faster delivery of solutions to our customers.
The center will use augmented reality (AR) to broadcast live remote 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 help develop India.

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