Symrise is opening an Innovation Lab at the Unilever Foods Innovation Center on the Wageningen University campus in the Netherlands.
The 120 square meter center will include a flavor creation lab, application kitchen and collaboration rooms. The move creates an integrated model, allowing innovation to move at a more efficient pace and reducing speed to market.
Wageningen University hosts more than 5,000 scientists and 12,000 students dedicated to studies in the agro-food and environmental domain. Symrise employees will also lecture at the university, and students are invited to the company’s Holzminden headquarters for exchanges.
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“This approach will enable the companies to optimally integrate and develop new products together in a creative and efficient manner,” said Symrise flavor division president Heinrich Schaper. “Furthermore, the site will make it possible for us to leverage the expertise of the best agri-agro researchers from around the world.”
“We are thrilled about the idea of cooperation and direct knowledge exchange,” added Manfred Aben, vice president, R&D and head of the foods innovation center, Unilever. “Having the resources and expertise of a global leader, such as Symrise located right at our site enables us to work even better together on the transformational journey towards a food system that is better for you and for the planet.”
“It’s a first proof point of how we envisage working together with partners in an ecosystem,” he continued. “Consumers can look forward to very unique taste experiences.”