Cargill has officially inaugurated its newly expanded European Research and Development Centre in Vilvoorde, Belgium.

The R&D centre was developed at a cost of €8 million and now features a new state-of-the-art pilot plant, adding 5,000m¬≤ of innovation space where Cargill’s 145 scientists and technologists can develop new ingredients, perfect reformulations and test new manufacturing processes.

"Food safety is one of our most important goals at Cargill. This is why we implemented the zoning model in our new pilot plant, to not only meet today’s standards in food safety, but also to anticipate future needs," said Marijana Petrovic, Cargill’s R&D Centre food safety leader. "The prevention of contamination is a fast-moving discipline, and Cargill wants to be at the forefront in this field, so that we can provide safe food every time, everywhere.

"This includes the products produced in our research and development facilities and product samples provided to our customers."

Cargill’s European R&D Centre is the company’s primary technology centre serving Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the past few years, Cargill has opened Innovation Centres in Campinas, Brazil, Wichita, Kansas in the US, and New Delhi, India.