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17 Feb 2020

Bühler and Givaudan have announced the creation of a new Innovation Center in Singapore dedicated to plant-based food products. The facility's mission is to develop solutions to benefit the climate and nutrition, and harness the potential of huge growth in plant-based food and drink that is anticipated in Asia.

The facility will be located at Givaudan’s Woodlands site, where Bühler will be bringing in extrusion and processing equipment alongside Givaudan’s flavour laboratory. Their infrastructure will be open to food processing and food tech startups, as well as university researchers who are working on developing novel plant-based products.

The two companies, both based in Switzerland, say the goal of the facility is to come up with sustainable food solutions to feed the rapidly growing global population and the challenges that climate change will bring.

“The projected population of 10 billion people by 2050 is a challenge too big to be solved alone. Companies are increasingly aware of the urgent need to collaborate to make an impact on the climate and nutrition challenges of this century. Universities, startups, and companies need to come together to innovate and find more sustainable ways to produce food,” explained CTO of Bühler Ian Roberts.

In addition to the most advanced machinery and laboratories, the Singapore facility will also be supported by experts from both companies, which will help startups and researchers in the process of manufacturing new food products, especially when using wet or dry extrusion. With the official launch of the facility planned for the end of 2020, Bühler and Givaudan are already inviting interested companies, startups and universities to get in touch.

For both Swiss companies to choose Singapore as their Innovation Center’s destination reflects the potential for the Asian region to lead the plant-based development space. Commenting on their decision to open the facility in the Southeast Asian hub, the head of science and technology at Givaudan Fabio Campanile says that there is “a lot of market potential for plant-based products in the coming years in Asia, [and] in particular the alternative meat sector.”

He added that their goal to both develop ideas and manufacture locally in Asia will enable both companies to aid the creation of a range of plant-based products that will specifically cater to Asian “tastes, texture expectations and cooking techniques.”

The launch of this new centre is an exciting announcement for the region, and is expected to boost investment and entrepeneurship in Asia in the years to come.