Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has opened a new regional office and state-of-the-art flavor and ingredient creation, application, development and customer innovation center in Shanghai.
The center will allow ADM to work closely with customers to create flavor and specialty ingredient solutions. It will house food scientists, flavorists and applications experts, as well as sales, marketing and regulatory personnel.
Features include a food and flavor analytic lab; beverage and dairy applications labs and pilot plants; a bakery lab; a confectionery and personal care lab; a culinary kitchen; flavor creation labs; sensory evaluation facilities; and a customer innovation center.
The move is the latest in ADM’s response to growing demand in Asia-Pacific. Along with the recently opened Singapore Innovation Center, the company has application labs in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou; a flavor production facility in Beijing; sweeteners and soluble fiber complex in Tianjin; animal nutrition facilities in Dalian, Tianjin, Nanjing, Zhangzhou and Xiangtan.
Throughout Asia-Pacific, ADM has more than 1,000 employees at a range of processing facilities, including several animal feed facilities; a flavor and ingredient facility; food and flavor labs in Japan, Singapore and Australia; and sales offices in every major market 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,” said Donald Chen, president, Asia. “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.”
Added Vince Macciocchi, president, nutrition business: “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 This new facility enhances our portfolio and capabilities ensuring our customers meet consumer demands for new, innovative food and beverages.”