Cargill, the global food and agribusiness firm, has announced the opening of a state-of-the-art Cocoa Development Centre in Gresik, Indonesia.
In a press release, the company said the facility was the first of its kind in Asia-Pacific and “the most advanced”. The centre is located in the same site of Cargill’s cocoa processing plant and is aimed to boost consumer-driven innovation.
Francesca Kleemans, managing director, food solutions Southeast Asia at Cargill, commented: “Asia stands out for its immense innovation potential as the fastest-growing region that currently accounts for about 25% of cocoa consumption in the world. Across this region are different and distinctive consumer palates, influenced by its geographical and cultural diversity.
“Cargill Cocoa Development Center is a substantial investment that strengthens our capability to innovate for Asian consumers as a ‘bean to bar’ innovation partner to our customers, backed by our extensive global supply chain networks, deep market insights and customized sustainability solutions”, she added.
The centre is intended to operate as an advanced pilot production facility, enabling fast prototypes and product trials.