Givaudan has announced the expansion of its global protein innovation network with a new Protein Hub at its flagship Zurich innovation center in Kemptthal, Switzerland.
The Protein Hub builds on Givaudan’s expertise in taste, texture, colors, proteins and ingredients, and provides the experts, technologies and equipment to help accelerate the development of alternative proteins.
The Protein Hub will be equipped with a state-of-the-art development kitchen and a pilot plant that includes a new high moisture extrusion machine. Customers can come to the Protein Hub to work on all types of applications and every aspect of the product development process, from initial ideation and consumer insights to hands-on prototyping sessions—all with the aim of getting products to market quickly.
Louie D’Amico, president Taste & Wellbeing, said, “Around the world, many consumers are shifting to plant-based options and other alternatives for health and ethical reasons. The Protein Hub brings together customers, start-ups, academics, chefs and other partners to co-create protein experiences that not only taste great, but are good for body, mind and planet.”
Fabio Campanile, global head of Science and Technology, Taste & Wellbeing, said, “Creating delicious alternatives for meat, fish or dairy—from plant-based to fermented products—comes with a unique set of challenges and requires a holistic approach. At the same time, we realize that no one company can do this alone. We need to work together to address challenges, accelerate innovation and shape the future of food. The Protein Hub provides the ideal environment to make that happen.”