Today Thursday, Swiss food technology provider Bühler Holding AG, and global leader in flavors and fragrances Givaudan, announce that together they will build an Innovation Center dedicated to plant-based food, which will open in Singapore later this year.
“The projected population of 10 billion people by 2050 is a challenge too big to be solved alone,” explains Ian Roberts, CTO of Bühler. “Companies are increasingly aware of the urgent need to collaborate to make an impact on the climate and nutrition challenges of this century. Universities, start-ups, and companies need to come together to innovate and find more sustainable ways to produce food. This is what this Innovation Center is all about, and we are pleased we found a like-minded partner to bring this vision to life in Asia, home to half of the world’s population.”
Focusing on Asian markets
The Innovation Center is currently under construction at Givaudan Woodlands site in Singapore. The project will be highlighted later this year at a Protein Pavilion during Future Food Asia, June 2-3, 2020 in Singapore, with the full facility opening planned for the fourth quarter of 2020.
“Our combined expertise in the development and manufacture of plant-based foods will allow for new ranges that cater to Asia tastes, texture expectations and cooking techniques,” says Fabio Campanile, Head of Science and Technology at Givaudan. “The initial focus on extruded products is important as this is a key technology for developing authentic meat alternatives. It is also a great strength for Givaudan – we’ve optimized the flavor and taste aspects and are able to make these extruded products extremely delicious and nutritious to consumers.”
“We are very proud to launch this initiative. It is a testament that industry leaders can come together to the benefit of the whole food innovation ecosystem. We are especially excited that this project will take place in Singapore, a diverse country at the heart of Southeast Asia with strong ambitions for the future of food. We see a lot of market potential for plant-based products in the coming years in Asia, in particular, the alternative meat sector.