Archer Daniels Midland Co. opened a flavor and ingredient research facility at the Biopolis research hub in Singapore this week. ADM aims to develop complete flavor and specialty ingredient solutions that meet consumer preferences for taste, nutrition, function and texture.

“Consumer tastes and preferences are changing, as people look to balance busy lifestyles with healthy eating habits. Our goal is to be the first-call ingredient and flavor experts for customers working to meet those consumer needs throughout Southeast Asia,” said Donald Chen, ADM’s president, Asia. “Singapore is a critical hub of innovation and growth in the food and beverage world, and we are excited to leverage our technology, expertise and global scale to help Southeast Asian food and beverage customers remain at the forefront, and to offer job creation and talent development opportunities for scientific, technical, marketing and regulatory professionals in the food and beverage industries.”

ADM says the Singapore innovation center will serve as the gateway to consumers in Southeast Asia and beyond, enabling the company to work closely with customers. It will be staffed by a team of food scientists, flavorists and applications experts, along with sales, marketing and regulatory personnel. The Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) marked the opening of the 8,900-square foot space with a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony.

“We are heartened that ADM has chosen to locate their innovation center for flavors and specialty ingredients in Singapore. The opening ... demonstrates Singapore’s value as a hub for agri-commodity companies to co-innovate with their downstream customers. With Singapore’s focus on building consumer market insights, food and agriculture technologies, Singapore is well placed to serve innovative agri-commodity companies in building their capabilities in ingredient valorization, and cater to Asian customers,” said Lee Eng Keat, with EDB.

“This new facility is yet another important step as we continue to enhance our portfolio and our capabilities around the globe,” said Vince Macciocchi, president of ADM’s WILD Flavors and Specialty Ingredients business. “Consumers are looking for new, innovative foods and beverages, and ADM continues to invest to ensure that we are the go-to solution providers for clean labels, sustainable ingredients and great taste.”

The new innovation center features a wide range of capabilities, including a food and flavor analytic lab; a beverage and dairy applications lab and pilot plant; a bakery and confectionery lab; a meat and savory lab; a sweet and savory creation lab; sensory evaluation facilities; and a customer innovation center.