Flavour and fragrance company Firmenich has opened a new SmartProteins innovation hub in Singapore to meet demand for plant-based alternatives in the Asia region.
The Culinary and SmartProteins Innovation Center will enable Firmenich to deliver ‘breakthrough integrated solutions’ in alternative proteins for meat and dairy analogues.
Located in Tuas, the centre will serve as a regional R&D hub for Asia and marks another move in Firmenich’s effort to strengthen its presence in the region – coming after it opened a taste creation facility in the Philippines and a culinary discovery centre in Thailand in 2018.
The centre is aligned with the company’s Savory vision to deliver plant-based alternative solutions that combine the technical expertise of Campus and Firmenich in the areas of aroma, flavour, taste, unami and texture.
“Leading the industry in alternative protein solutions is a key focus for Firmenich and this is an important milestone in our global expansion of capabilities. The centre will allow us to partner closely with our customers to serve a fast-growing number of flexitarian consumers with delicious food and beverage options,” said Emmanuel Butstraen, global president, taste & beyond at Firmenich.
“We are proud to have Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB) as a partner in this investment. This new facility will be home to some of the best talent in the industry across several disciplines to deliver truly innovative, consumer-focused integrated solutions.”
Jun Saplad, Firmenich taste & beyond’s regional president for Asia, added: “Firmenich’s comprehensive portfolio of Smart Proteins capabilities include ingredients and delivery technologies designed to create great-tasting plant-based food and beverages.
“By harnessing our deep regional and local understanding and our expertise in taste and plant-based proteins, the Innovation Center will allow us to tailor solutions to the unique needs of the Asian market and explore new angles for meat-free dishes.”
Over the past year, Firmenich has opened its new West Coast Innovation Center in California and a new pilot plant and laboratory within its Geneva production site.
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