Ensuring safety and quality in a globalised food system, where goods travel across vast distances and come from numerous sources, is more complicated than ever before. Comprehensive research and development (R&D) investment guarantees products are free from contamination and fit for consumption.
In 2014, Cargill officially inaugurated its newly expanded European Research and Development Centre in Vilvoorde, Belgium, the company’s primary technology centre serving Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The expansion is the result of a multi-million euro investment in line with the highest technological and food safety standards. The R&D Centre features a new state-of-the-art pilot plant, adding 5,000m² of innovation space where 145 scientists and technologists can develop new ingredients, perfect reformulations and test new manufacturing processes.
The newly expanded centre will help meet the ever-changing needs of customers across applications covering the entire spectrum of food and feed ingredients science, as well as non-food applications such as personal care and fermentation technology. This investment reinforces Cargill’s commitment to sustainable growth through innovation to meet current and future standards in food safety.