Gurugram, India is home to Cargill’s first food innovation center, where the company will work with food and beverage industry partners in India to reformulate products that are lower in fat, salt and sugar, while retaining taste and texture.
Cargill said the innovation center will be equipped with the most advanced applications and analytical capabilities, including an ultra-high temperature (UHT) processing pilot plant and chocolate processing line. Augmented Reality (AR) will be used to live stream remote hands-on demonstrations to the company’s customers. In addition, 27 food specialists/scientists will work at the center, which will provide opportunities for budding talents from the academic, agribusiness and food sectors. The center will also support R&D collaboration for companies of all sizes.
The center marks another milestone in Cargill’s three-decade journey in India and its commitment to contributing to India’s development.
“Consumer choices are rapidly changing towards healthy foods, without compromising on taste, and this requires product innovation,” said Simon George, president of Cargill India. “Through this Innovation Hub, we are making our customers the centerpiece of co-creating innovative solutions for the savvy and health-conscious consumers in India.
“This facility combines our global food science knowledge with the size and scale of Cargill’s operations 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.