“This facility reinforces the company’s strategy to invest in infrastructure that enables partnership with food and beverage manufacturers to co-create formulations that meet their needs and key market trends,” said said Marc van Gerwen, IMCD Food & Nutrition Business Group Director. “Through this investment, IMCD consolidates its position as a reliable and proactive partner that offers global knowledge and local expertise through its facilities and highly skilled team of experts,” added van Gerwen.
With the expressive growth in demand for plant-based products, particularly in Europe – a region that has some of the world’s largest markets for meat substitutes according to Innova Market Insights, IMCD is eager to explore new food possibilities with its partners and to inspire future menus, for a healthier and more sustainable future.
About the new pilot plant: meat, fish and vegetable products
Equipped with industry-benchmarked processing and analysis capabilities, the new facility will serve customers in co-creating applications around ground meat, emulsified meat and plant-based analogues. When it comes to meat, seafood and fish substitutes, a dedicated team of food experts will advise on using masking flavors, protein, fiber and mimicking the long, fibrous texture. thus creating meat substitutes that will challenge the senses of consumers.
“The new pilot plant will help our customers accelerate their product development process for meat, fish (including seafood) and savory vegetable alternatives. application in an environment similar to their own operations,” said Michel Faes, Global Technical Director at IMCD Food & Nutrition. “Our food experts are ready to keep our customers informed of key market trends, providing insight and support for all their formulation challenges around plants, better nutrition and sustainability,” added Faes. .
IMCD Food & Nutrition now has 24 laboratories, three of which are Centers of Excellence and five market-specific pilot plants located in key locations around the world, with a dedicated local team ready to assist customers with their local needs.
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