Cargill recently opened Cargill ONE, an innovation center designed to create innovative food products and new flavors for its customers in China. Situated in Shanghai, China, Cargill ONE employs nearly 50 researchers, scientists, nutritionists and chefs who will work with customers to develop nutritious and safe food that meet the changing tastes of consumers.
Cargill ONE is Cargill’s first innovation center in Asia that brings together so many of its different product lines. It will focus on three main areas of innovation: taste and flavors, food ingredients and menus that appeal to changing consumer demand.
“Product innovation is one of the cornerstones of our evolution from a grain warehouse to a global leader in food and agriculture over the past 151 years,” Todd Hall, senior vice president of Cargill, said. “We have multiple innovation centers around the world specializing in distinct food groups, such as animal protein, sweeteners, food texturizers, feed and such. Cargill ONE is our first innovation center in Asia that pulls together all this knowledge from our many businesses to offer a one-stop consultancy to our customers in China.”
The rapid socioeconomic development in China is quickly changing the diet of Chinese consumers and the way they view their food, according to the company. “At the most basic level, people need to know their food is 100% safe. Cargill takes an uncompromising approach to food safety and has in place the strictest standards to ensure that all its food products are absolutely safe," the company said. "Cargill ONE will deliver the food and flavors that the Chinese consumers want in their diet in a safe, healthy and nutritious way.”
Additionally, the company said the center will be a platform for public education on food safety and nutrition.
"Cargill ONE builds upon our vision to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. It also demonstrates the value that we place on China and our commitment to our customers here. I believe that, in time, we will extend our service at Cargill ONE to other markets across Asia Pacific,” Hall added.
Chris Mallett, vice president of research and development (R&D) at Cargill, said, "Cargill ONE is the future of food. It a window for us to better understand what consumers want today and tomorrow and help our customers be ready with the food their consumers want in the future.”
Cargill said these new facilities represent another major step in a series of recent investments Cargill has made in R&D and innovation around the world and demonstrates its continuous commitment to customers and a realization of the vision to be the most trusted partner in agriculture, food and nutrition.