Plant-based ingredients company Roquette has expanded its Food Customer Technical Service Centre (CTS) in Tokyo as it responds to rising local demand for plant-based proteins, fibres and healthy carbohydrates.
The facility has increased in size by 50% as Roquette targets Japanese and Asian customers with its specialised nutrition products – baby food, maternal nutrition, sports nutrition, weight management, senior and clinical nutrition – as well as dairy and beverages goods.
Roquette said it sees the Japanese market as a “pioneer” for trends that are expected to grow worldwide.
The France-headquartered company has developed a growing presence in Japan since 2002. Its CTS in Tokyo has been serving company’s customers since 2007, focusing on baking (texturing and sugar-free solutions), and savoury (texturing solutions, batter and coating solutions, plant-based proteins).
Roquette said the CTS development is fully in line with the company’s strategy to be closer to its customers locally and is set to meet Asia’s strong and growing demand for tailored nutrition products. It aims to address consumer trends in the region, such as: plant-based protein, sports nutrition and geriatric nutrition.
The news comes as the firm announces the creation of a new food CTS centre in Singapore, to be opened later this year.
Roquette CEO Jean-Marc Gilson said: “The expansion of our Tokyo CTS is a strategic move for Roquette in several ways. It is part of our ambition to serve our clients locally, with a network of experts delivering tailored solutions to specific needs. It also reinforces the company’s presence in Asia, which is a major region for us, offering significant development opportunities.
“Last but not least, this expansion will strengthen our capabilities to offer ever more specialised nutrition solutions addressing local and regional nutrition and health challenges. I am particularly proud of this achievement, and I hope that this expansion will enable even closer collaboration between Roquette and its Asian customers and partners.”
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