Cargill has opened, the Cargill Innovation Centre in Gurugram, Haryana, to develop innovative solutions that address food and beverage market trends. The company will partner with its food and beverage customers in India to identify consumer demands, translate global industry trends into local application and accelerate customer product innovation pipelines by co-developing healthy, nutritious food options for consumers.

This first, state-of-the-art Innovation Centre in India, spread over almost 17,000 square feet, includes a sensory lab and demonstration kitchen, with capabilities to serve dairy, beverage, bakery, and convenience food industries, as well as other specialised culinary applications.

The Innovation Centre combines the company’s expertise across different industry segments, including edible oils and specialty fats; starches, sweeteners, and texturisers; cocoa and chocolate; and tailored blended ingredients, under one roof, bringing a complete product innovation solution to the food and beverage industry.

To promote a healthy and nutritious diet in line with the progressive food standards in India, the Centre will help customers reformulate products that are lower in fat, salt and sugar, while maintaining taste and texture. This also connects its customers in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa to a global network of 10 other innovation centres and over 2,300 food scientists worldwide.

The Innovation Centre will have 27 food specialists/scientists and will provide opportunities for aspiring talent from academia, agri-business and food sectors as well. It will also allow research and development collaboration for companies of all sizes.

Simon George, president, Cargill India, said, “Consumer choices are rapidly evolving towards healthy food, without compromising taste, and this calls for product innovation. Through this Innovation Centre, we are making our customers the centrepiece in co-creating innovative solutions for discerning, health-conscious consumers in India. This facility combines our global food science knowledge with the size and scale of Cargill’s businesses to bring together unique research and development and food value chain capabilities all under one roof. We will help develop healthy and nutritious products that mirror market trends.”

The Innovation Centre will be equipped with the most advanced applications and analytical capabilities, such as an Ultra High Temperature Processing (UHT), pilot plant and a 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 Centre will use Augmented Reality (AR), to live-stream practical demonstrations remotely to our customers. The opening of this Innovation Centre marks another milestone in the company’s three decade long journey in India and its commitment to contribute to India’s development