Bühler & Givaudan to open plant-based innovation centre

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Flavour and fragrances specialists, Bühler and Givaudan, are joining forces in Singapore to open a plant-based innovation centre.

Located at the Givaudan Woodlands site, the new facility will be jointly run by the two companies, bringing together a pilot plant featuring Bühler extrusion and processing equipment and a kitchen and flavour laboratory by Givaudan.

The Innovation Centre will welcome food processing companies, start-ups and university researchers looking to develop novel plant-based food products.

It will utilise Bühler’s equipment and processing expertise and Givaudan’s flavour, taste, ingredient, and product development know-how to develop new products – particularly when using wet or dry extrusion.

“We see a lot of market potential for plant-based products in the coming years in Asia, in particular, the alternative meat sector. 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 optimised the flavour and taste aspects and are able to make these extruded products extremely delicious and nutritious to consumers.”

The centre is currently under construction, with opening planned for Q4 2020.