ADM has opened a cutting-edge, plant-based innovation laboratory at its Biopolis research hub in Singapore. The lab will develop next-level, nutritious products to meet growing food and beverage demand in the Asia-Pacific region.
“ADM is a pioneer in plant-based nutrition innovation, and this facility will enhance our ability to bring exciting new products and solutions to the market,” said Leo Liu, the company’s Asia-Pacific president. “Protein continues to be a focus for consumers who are experimenting with plant-based options to meet their health and nutrition, sustainability and convenience preferences, and with Asia being home to 60 percent of the world’s population, Singapore is a critical hub of innovation and growth around plant-based alternatives. This lab will help us deliver advanced customer solutions in this area while also creating jobs and offering development opportunities for young talent in the Asia-Pacific region.”
The facility features a combination of experts in proteins and texturing ingredients, coupled with flavor specialists, allowing ADM to quickly and efficiently create tailor-made solutions for the Asian consumer palate. This lab provides the ability to test flavors, textures, fats and binding characteristics in-house and accelerate product development for customers. Additionally, it can provide medium-scale sampling through a variety of forming and freezing capabilities to support market evaluation of new products and solutions.
“The opening of this innovation lab demonstrates our continued investment in plant-based protein and our commitment to finding new ways to solve the challenges of changing consumer taste and preferences not only in Asia-Pacific, but also around the world,” said Marie Wright, chief global flavorist and president in charge of creation, design and development.”
The ADM Biopolis research hub in Singapore features a wide range of capabilities, including a food and flavor analytic lab; a beverage and dairy applications lab and pilot plant; a bakery and confectionery lab; a meat and savory lab; a sweet and savory creation lab; sensory evaluation facilities and a customer innovation center in addition to the new plant-based innovation lab.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, USA, ADM has more than 3,000 employees throughout the wider Asia-Pacific region, across 50 locations. This includes integrated management offices in Shanghai and Singapore; technical innovation centers in China, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam and Australia; flavor production facilities, sweeteners and soluble fiber complex in China; animal nutrition facilities, grain origination and trading operations across Asia; grain destination marketing warehouses in China, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand; and sales offices strategically located in all major markets across the region.
ADM also owns a minority stake in Singapore-based Wilmar International Limited, a leading agribusiness and packaged food and oil company in the region.