Bunge’s Innovation Center Helps Food Solutions Giant Test, Develop New Food Products

Bunge’s Creative Solutions Center in St. Louis, Missouri, is the company’s flagship North American innovation center, and the best place to understand the mechanics behind the operations of Bunge, according to Robin Whitley, Bunge’s Facility Manager of the Creative Solutions Center.

“The most knowledge about our business and how it works and happens is probably here — not from operations, but the chemistry and science of what’s going on,” said Whitley.

The 40,000 square foot innovation center opened in 2017. It operates with a staff of more than 30, and includes five pilot plants that develop new food ingredients products.

“Not only are we here for the innovation of those kinds of products, but we’re also here to collaborate and support our customers and potentially show our customers what could be. Oftentimes, they don’t have research facilities of this magnitude or scope,” said Whitley.

Bunge is a major supplier of ingredients for food service companies and food manufacturers, with its edible oils segment providing cooking oils, shortenings, margarines, mayonnaise, and specialty ingredients. Bunge also sells wheat flours, bakery mixes and corn-based products through its milling division.

Check out the full article highlighting Bunge’s Creative Solutions Center here.

Missouri’s robust food solutions industry includes nearly 400 companies and almost 100,000 farms, with the capacity for many more.

Missouri’s food solutions industry has seen tremendous growth in 2021. From Missouri Prime Beef Packers investing in Pleasant Hope, to Cereal Ingredients Inc. investing in a new facility in St. Joseph, to Swift Prepared Foods cutting the ribbon on a new $68 million facility in Moberly and announcing a new $200 million facility in Columbia – Missouri’s food industry is thriving.

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