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[gallery] Bell Opens British Culinary Center and Office

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Bell Flavors & Fragrances EMEA has opened a culinary center and office space in Ketton, Stamford, United Kingdom, strengthening the company’s culinary capabilities and regional reach within the U.K.

Established to meet the demand of customers within the U.K. market, the center includes flavor application capabilities in savory, sweet, dairy and beverage.

“The new culinary center and office space incorporates a state-of-the-art test kitchen, meeting space and office facilities,” said Oliver Saalmann, vice president, flavors division. “With a strong focus on the U.K. market, this new facility strengthens not only our regional presence—customers will benefit from a faster access to innovative culinary solutions and service. It will allow us to accelerate market-oriented product developments together with our customers, explore and develop new concepts and product solutions, host tasting and innovation sessions and increase our expertise in the culinary sector, while keeping track of regional legal implications.”

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The center was officially unveiled during an opening ceremony held Sept. 26, 2019, attended by customers and partners; Bell EMEA management including Saalmann president Raymond Heinz; the company’s U.K. team; Bell’s culinary chef; and R&D and marketing team members.

“The kitchen and tasting area sets the ideal spot to expand our culinary capabilities and to collaboratively develop new food solutions together with our customers and partners, based on current or future market dynamics, changing dietary needs and by helping to create healthier products that are in-line with consumer expectations,” continued Saalmann.  “It is an inspiring, modern place for ideation and networking and gives our team a creative environment to innovate with flavors, botanical extracts and other food ingredients to create new experiences with a focus on authenticity and clean labelling.”