Danish company Arla Foods has broken ground on a new modern innovation centre for its ingredients subsidiary, Arla Foods Ingredients.
Arla Foods has said that with its new innovation centre, it will seek to intensify its innovation efforts within its dairy and whey ingredients divisions.
The company has forecast that over the coming years, its Arla Foods Ingredients (AFI) segments are expected to see a high level of growth.
Arla Foods has invested more than €40 million in the new innovation centre, which will be located in Nr. Vium, Denmark in close proximity to key production site in Arla Foods Ingredients, Danmark Protein.
The investment comes following the success of the Arla Innovation Centre, which was built in Skejby, Denmark in 2017.
The facility will be 9,000 square metres in size and house open office spaces, labs and a pilot plant. It will employ up to 90 people, including scientists, technicians and innovators.
“We look forward to welcoming more employees to this new and exciting workplace with some of the most challenging development projects in the dairy industry,” said vice president of research and development Niels Østergaard.
According to the company, the new facility will cover all aspects of research and development within whey and milk – from advanced separation technologies to isolate specific components of the whey or milk, to heat treatment and pasteurisation technology to improve functionality and shelf-life.
Henrik Andersen, group vice president at Arla Foods Ingredients, commented, “I am very happy to announce that we are now breaking ground on our new game changing innovation centre. We are always looking for new and innovative solutions for our customers to help them develop new products that meet specific nutritional needs of children, athletes, patients and consumers.
"With the new centre we can use cutting edge research and technology to explore milk and whey to their full potential as ingredients for a wide range of nutrition.”
The new Arla Foods Ingredients Innovation centre is expected to open in summer 2021.
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