Givaudan and Bühler open Protein Innovation Centre in Singapore

26 April 2021

Givaudan, a global leading company in taste and wellbeing, and Bühler, global leader for food processing solutions, today jointly announced the official opening of the APAC Protein Innovation Centre.

Located at the Givaudan Woodlands site in Singapore, the Protein Innovation Centre is jointly run and supported by experts from both companies and is connected to a vast network of R&D Innovation Centres in Switzerland and key hubs across the region  that enables agile plant-based product development on a global scale.

The Protein Innovation Centre in Singapore welcomes food processing companies, start-ups and university researchers from across the Asia Pacific region keen to co-create plant-based food experiences that do good and feel good. The Centre combines the pilot technology of Bühler’s extrusion and processing equipment with Givaudan’s new culinary facilities and its world-leading expertise in flavour, taste, ingredient and product development.

Outfitted with a pilot scale wet and dry extruder, a state of the art product development kitchen, storage facilities, meeting amenities and a viewing area where visitors may tour the 400 square metre facility and view live demonstrations, the Protein Innovation Centre is constructed with the end-to-end process of plant-based protein production in mind. Businesses will also benefit from support throughout the co-creation process, from raw material selection to product development and research, to application, flavour science, extrusion and consumer testing. At the Centre, customers can develop high-quality products suitable for Asian culinary applications at scale. The facility can produce up to 40 kilogrammes of plant proteins an hour and features dry extrusion, as well as a newer wet extrusion technology that delivers a fibrous structure more akin to muscle, and higher protein content as compared with dry extruded products.

Monila Kothari, APAC President, Givaudan Taste & Wellbeing said: “We are proud to be part of a partnership that will contribute towards a sustainable food future for Singapore and the APAC region. Through the Protein Innovation Centre, we aim to create an eco-system that supports start-ups and food businesses in an environment of co-creation. The Centre will provide them access to the expertise, networks and technology required to create authentic plant-based protein alternatives that meet consumer needs and expectations. By bringing flavour solutions that are vegetarian, vegan, plant-based and natural, as well as technologies such as wet extrusion to Singapore and the region, we are helping to make plant-based foods more delicious, authentic and accessible to business and consumers. We are excited to open our Centre in Singapore, a country that is a hot bed for FoodTech Innovation.”

Ian Roberts, Chief Technology Officer at Bühler said: “Great tasting and sustainable protein alternatives are an important contributor to feeding 10 billion people sustainably by 2050. The changes that need to happen to our protein value chains prior to that are so deep, they can only be achieved if the various partners of the food ecosystem start working together today. The Protein Innovation Centre that we open today with Givaudan at the core of Southeast Asia’s vibrant food ecosystem, is a step towards achieving our vision of a collaborative and sustainable future of food. The Protein Innovation Centre will not only enable the development of more plant-based protein products across Asia, it will also ensure delicious products can be scaled to the production volumes required to create a positive environmental impact on our food chains.”

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Parties interested in collaboration opportunities may visit www.givaudan.com/apac-pic to learn more.


About Givaudan
Givaudan is a global leading company in taste and wellbeing, and fragrance and beauty. With its heritage stretching back over 250 years, the Company has a long history of innovating scents and tastes. From a favourite drink to your daily meal, from prestige perfumes to cosmetics and laundry care, its creations inspire emotions and delight millions of consumers the world over. The Company is committed to driving purpose-led, long-term growth while leading the way to improve happiness and health for people and nature. In the fiscal year 2020, the Company employed almost 16,000 people worldwide and achieved sales of CHF 6.3 billion and a free cash flow of 12.8% of sales. Let’s imagine together on www.givaudan.com.

About Givaudan Taste & Wellbeing 
Powered by innovation and creativity, Givaudan Taste & Wellbeing aims to shape the future of food by becoming the co-creation partner of choice to its customers. Built on its global leadership position in flavours and taste, the Company goes beyond to create food experiences that do good and feel good, for body, mind and planet. With an expanded portfolio of products across flavours, taste, functional and nutritional solutions and a deep knowledge of the food ecosystem, Givaudan’s passion is to collaborate with customers and partners to develop game-changing innovations in food and beverage. Let’s imagine together the future of food.
Learn more at https://www.givaudan.com/taste-wellbeing.

About Bühler
Billions of people come into contact with Bühler technologies to cover their basic needs for food and mobility every day. Two billion people each day enjoy foods produced on Bühler equipment; and one billion people travel in vehicles manufactured with parts produced with our machinery. Countless people wear eye glasses, use smart phones, and read newspapers and magazines, all of which depend on Bühler process technologies and solutions. Having this global relevance, we are in a unique position to turn today’s global challenges into sustainable business. We want every human being to have access to healthy food. We want to do our part to protect the climate with energy-efficient cars, buildings, and machinery. Our motto is creating “innovations for a better world.” Bühler invests up to 5% of turnover into research and development. In 2018, over 13,000 employees generated a turnover of CHF 3.3 billion. As a Swiss family-owned company, Bühler is active in 140 countries around the world and operates a global network of 30 production sites. www.buhlergroup.com


For further information please contact
Jayanthi Rajoo, Taste & Wellbeing Communications APAC
T +65 6751 9327
E jayanthi.rajoo@givaudan.com

Markus Reber, Bühler Media Relations Manager
T +41 71 955 1244
M +41 79 864 2941
E markus.reber@buhlergroup.com