ADM opens Shanghai innovation centre including confectionery facilities
Archer Daniels Midland has celebrated the opening of its new regional office and state-of-the-art flavour and ingredient creation site, and customer innovation centre in Shanghai, China.
The new facility includes confectionery and bakery labs, as well as food and flavour analytics capabilities for the wider food market, and was marked with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
According to the company, the Shanghai technical innovation centre will enable ADM to work closely with customers to create complete flavour and specialty ingredient solutions. It will be staffed by a team of food scientists, flavourists and applications experts, along with sales, marketing and regulatory personnel. The new site comes in addition to its recently opened Singapore Innovation Centre in helping ADM meet growing demand in the region.
“With today’s busy lifestyles, people are turning to healthier eating habits, accelerating changes in consumer tastes and preferences at an unprecedented rate. For ADM, Shanghai has played a critical role in our continued growth and innovation. To help Asia-Pacific food and beverage customers remain a step ahead, we’re excited to leverage our technology, expertise and global scale,” said Donald Chen, ADM’s president, Asia.
“Around the world, ADM continues to invest to ensure that we are the go-to solution providers for clean label, sustainable ingredients and great taste,” said Vince Macciocchi, president of ADM’s Nutrition business. “This new facility enhances our portfolio and capabilities ensuring our customers meet consumer demands for new, innovative food and beverages.”
The new innovation centre features a wide range of capabilities, including a food and flavour analytic lab; beverage and dairy applications labs and pilot plants; a bakery lab; a confectionery and personal care lab; a culinary kitchen; flavour creation labs; sensory evaluation facilities; and a customer innovation centre.
China is home to approximately 675 ADM employees, with application labs in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou; a flavour production facility in Beijing; sweeteners and soluble fibre complex in Tianjin; animal nutrition facilities in Dalian, Tianjin, Nanjing, Zhangzhou and Xiangtan.
ADM has more than 1,000 employees throughout the wider Asia-Pacific region, where the company operates a wide range of processing facilities, including several animal feed facilities; a flavour and ingredient facility; food and flavor labs in Japan, Singapore and Australia; and sales offices in every major market in the region.