GUATEMALA – Brenntag Food & Nutrition has officially opened its new Food Application & Development Center in Guatemala City, Latin America.

The new facility is Brenntag’s fourth Food Application & Development Center for Latin America and will support the Food & Nutrition teams particularly in Central America.

The German ingredients supplier added that the facility will also serve the rest of Latin America in the Beverage, Dairy, Confectionery and Bakery segment.

According to the company, the new Food Application & Development Center is equipped with specialized devices to find the right ingredients and support the customers in finding solutions for their challenges.

Brenntag maintains that the facility is a step change for Brenntag Food & Nutrition in Central America as it allows the team to propose new alternative concepts, participate in customer’s innovation projects and develop new business.

“We are very glad about this new addition to our regional network of Food Application & Development Centers,” said Tomás Navarro, Vice President Brenntag Food & Nutrition LATAM.

“With this new facility our dedicated Food & Nutrition employees in Central America are equipped to create innovative formulations for our customers and we are looking forward to presenting our capabilities and know-how to the market.

“This addition is the logic step in further expanding our reach and network in Latin America.”

In February, Brenntag Food & Nutrition recently opened a new state-of-the-art site in Padua, Italy dedicated entirely to the application, creation, development, production and distribution of food ingredients and solutions.

The new site in Italy also features a Food Application and Development Centre with dedicated areas for wide application areas and equipped with pilot plants and modern devices able to scale up industrial production processes and to develop cutting-edge ingredient solutions.

With the growing its footprint across various market, Brenntag is poised to benefit from the expanding specialty food ingredients market, which is expected to touch USS$67.76 billion by 2026, according to a December 2019 report by Market Study.

The specialty food ingredient sector has outperformed other wider sectors of the food & beverage industry. This is due to the shift in dynamics within the food & beverage industry such as the changing consumer demands for more organic, natural and highly nutritious processed foodstuffs.

Several studies have shown that the relationship between the specialty ingredients and processed food industry are evolving due to higher levels of collaborative innovation and product developments to fulfill stringent regulations and new consumer trends.

According to Market Study, a larger share of the value chain has been dominated by a relatively smaller number of ingredient suppliers, thus creating valuation and margin opportunities globally.

With the food industry being an innovation driven market, the specialty ingredients sector is seen as a key contributor in enhancing the competitiveness of the entire value chain.