UK – American multinational food processing corporation, ADM has expanded its business in the UK’s northern city, Manchester through the inauguration of a new food innovation Centre.

According to the company, the new facility is aimed to expand culinary capabilities into new savoury innovations for the UK, homing in on the flavour trends and preferences of British consumers.

In addition, ADM highlighted that the inauguration would continue developing solutions for the beverage, sweet goods, and dairy sectors.

“We chose Manchester partly because the northwest has always been the food technology center of the UK, which led to more development in the food processing side of things as a result.”

“A lot of companies are based up here, and we’ve always had a pool of technologists to pull from. Now we have started looking into more plant-based savoury food solutions, we benefit from being able to pull those resources. This helps with the ease of getting to market.”

According to the company’s Executive Chef Nate Schomers, the drive for alternative proteins which is a huge sector of ADM’s work in the UK and beyond is different depending on the region or country the customer is based.

 “My team is based in Berlin, but we have people from 12 different countries. Our culinary team is global. We are always talking about what’s happening or what is the next thing,” he said. 

He added that when it comes to protein, the business always mimics some of the products that are already on the market, that people are used to eating.

When it comes to individualized markets, there are certain consumer expectations considering their own preferences. “

On the other hand, the managing director at ADM, Chris Poole, the opening of the new center will provide a unique synergistic space to further the business’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of food and beverage formulation, while also delivering authentic culinary experiences.

“And with the UK market on track for steady growth in 2023 and beyond, ADM is perfectly positioned to service all our customers’ needs.”

Meanwhile, the food manufacturing giant has been expanding its presence in other parts of the world by establishing business units in different regions.

The company opened a probiotics facility earlier this year in Valencia, Spain, and started a partnership with Marel to build a taste and texture innovation centre for the alt protein space in the Netherlands.

At the end of last year, it also opened a new extrusion facility in Serbia, as it aims to extend its production of non-GMO textured soy proteins.

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