AAK to build a Plant-based Foods Global Center of Excellence
“Investing in this Plant-based Foods Global Center of Excellence reaffirms our commitment to grow our presence in this dynamic and fast-paced category”, said Johan Westman, President and CEO, AAK Group. “Acting as a knowledge center for our plant-based activities, we will develop and showcase our plant-based innovations to support customers across the world.”
To meet the fast-growing demand for plant-based foods, AAK last year launched its AkoPlanet™ by AAK portfolio with tailor-made vegetable oil and fat solutions for food and beverage manufacturers developing plant-based meat and dairy products for the retail and foodservice channels. With the establishment of the Global Center of Excellence, AAK further strengthens its capabilities for plant-based foods.
The three-story state-of-the-art center showcasing AAK’s co-development process will feature two pilot plants, an analytical laboratory, a customer experience kitchen, and a sensory suite all under one AAK roof, allowing customers to bring great-tasting food and beverages to market faster and with confidence.
“The long-term outlook for plant-based foods is strong with sales growth outpacing that of other foods”, said Niall Sands, President Plant-based Foods at AAK. “This development is driven by several factors, among them a growth in flexitarianism, an increased focus on health and well-being, and sustainability and climate concerns among many consumers.”
The center is expected to be operational by the end of 2021.
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