In August, Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) officially opened its new regional office and state-of-the-art flavor and ingredient creation, application, development and customer innovation center in Shanghai, China.
“With today's busy lifestyles, people are turning to healthier eating habits, accelerating changes in consumer tastes and preferences at an unprecedented rate. For ADM, Shanghai has played a critical role in our continued growth and innovation. To help Asia Pacific food and beverage customers remain a step ahead, we are excited to leverage our technology, expertise and global scale,” said Donald Chen, ADM's President, Asia.
Shanghai's technical innovation center will enable ADM to work closely with customers to create complete flavor and specialty ingredient solutions. It will have a team of food scientists, flavorists and applications experts, along with sales, marketing and regulatory personnel.
The new Shanghai facility came after the opening of its Singapore Innovation Center early this year to help ADM meet growing demand in the region. “Around the world, ADM continues to invest to ensure that we are the go-to solution providers for clean label, sustainable ingredients and great taste," said Vince Macciocchi, president of ADM's Nutrition business.
The new innovation center features a wide range of capabilities, including a food and flavor analytic lab; beverage and dairy applications labs and pilot plants; a bakery lab; a confectionery and personal care lab; a culinary kitchen; flavor creation labs; sensory evaluation facilities; and a customer innovation center.
China is home to approximately 675 ADM employees, with application labs in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou; a flavor production facility in Beijing; sweeteners and soluble fiber complex in Tianjin; animal nutrition facilities in Dalian, Tianjin, Nanjing, Zhangzhou and Xiangtan. In total, ADM has more than 1,000 employees throughout the Asia Pacific region.
ADM is a world-leading nutrition company with the widest range of specialty ingredients, blends, systems and experience. ADM moves customers from concept to launch faster with sustainable, differentiated products that address their evolving needs.