Functional ingredients and fats supplier AAK has further expanded its presence in Asia by inaugurating a new customer innovation centre in Tokyo.
AAK say that the new centre will allow the company to further strengthen its product development capabilities and customer development approach in the Japanese market.
The Swedish supplier entered the Japanese market in 2016 when it established a partnership with Miyoshi Oils & Fats Company, which led to the formation of the AAK Miyoshi joint venture.
Torben Friis Lange, AAK president, Asia said: “The centre will be focused on applications within chocolate & confectionery fats but will also cover customer innovation projects and new product development within our dairy and special nutrition segments.
“By investing in these facilities we are dedicated to support our customers in the region and give them access to AAK’s global solutions.”
This move is the company’s latest move to expand its presence in the Asian market.
Earlier this month, AAK signed a distribution agreement with United Arab Emirates-based Food Specialities Limited, which made a range of AAK’s products available in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) region.
That agreement followed on from the news that AAK would invest in a customisation plant in the Philippines, with a focus on the production of special nutrition, chocolate and confectionery, fats, and dairy products.
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