Food major Cargill launches its first Innovation Centre in India

In its plans to provide customized services to the F&B firms in India and internationally, Cargill has reportedly announced the launch of its first Innovation Centre in India. The food major aims to speed up the process of product advancement pipeline by co-building nutritious products.

As per the credible reports, the top-notch Cargill Innovation Centre is situated in Gurugram throughout a 17,000 sq. ft area and has a demonstration kitchen and sensory lab, along with facilities like a chocolate processing line and Ultra High Temperature Processing (UHT). The food brand will offer certain specialized culinary uses and serve the markets in beverage, dairy, convenience food, bakery and other segments.

Simon George, President at Cargill India stated that the Innovation Centre is one of the milestone projects of the company’s investment commitment of $240 million in India declared back in 2017.

He continued that to expand the growth rate of the company in the Indian market, the Innovative Centre will focus on inculcating Cargill’s global food science knowledge to the Indian food products to offer value to customers in India.

It has been speculated that the Innovation Centre will comprise of 27 food scientists and focus on mergers based on research with agri-businesses, academia and food companies. 

For the uninitiated, Cargill claims to leverage on its expertise in starches, edible oils, cocoa and chocolates, sweeteners apart from customized blended ingredients to provide complete product innovation service.  

Simon mentioned that the increasing awareness regarding health amongst consumers will push Cargill in re-formulating company’s various products which are low in fat, sugar and salt, while keeping the texture and taste intact.

He added that Cargill will work closely with the R&D teams of big packaged food firms as well as small and medium companies in India.

As per sources, Cargill has a global network of ten other Innovative Centre’s spread throughout in West Asia, Asia-Pacific and African regions.

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