Worldwide food major Cargill on Monday said it has opened its first innovation centre in India to develop solutions for the food and refreshment market. The first Cargill Innovation Center at Gurugram in Haryana, spread over very nearly 17,000 square feet, includes a sensory lab and demonstration kitchen, with capacities to serve dairy, drink, bakery, and convenience food industries, just as other specialised culinary applications, an organization proclamation said.
It will also allow R&D collaboration for companies of all sizes.
The innovation centre will have 27 food specialists/scientists and will provide opportunities for aspiring talent from academia, agribusiness and food sectors as well.
Cargill said it would partner with its F&B customers in India to identify consumer demands, translate global industry trends into local application and accelerate customer product innovation pipelines.
To promote a healthy and nutritious diet, Cargill said the centre will help customers reformulate products that are lower in fat, salt and sugar, while maintaining taste and texture.
The centre combines Cargill’s expertise across different industry segments, including edible oils and specialty fats; starches, sweeteners, and texturizers; cocoa and chocolate; and tailored blended ingredients, under one roof, bringing a complete product innovation solution to the F&B industry.
In India, Cargill started operations in 1987. It has businesses in refined oils, food ingredients, grain and oilseeds, cotton, animal nutrition, bioindustrial and trade structured finance.
With more than 10 manufacturing plants across businesses, Cargill India markets leading consumer brands of edible oils such as Nature Fresh, Gemini, Sweekar, Leonardo Olive Oil, Rath and Sunflower brand of hydrogenated fats.
It sells wheat flour under the ‘Nature Fresh’ brand.
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