MINNEAPOLIS – Cargill customers will reap the benefits of recent improvements to the company's European R&D center in Vilvoorde, Belgium.

Upgrades include a state-of-the-art pilot plant which provides an additional 53,000 sq. ft. of space for 145 Cargill food scientists and technologists to work on ingredient innovations, product formulations and to test new manufacturing processes. Cargill said the new space will help customers accelerate product development while optimizing costs.

“Food and beverage manufacturers are challenged to drive growth through product innovation while keeping costs in check,” said Adam Waehner, Cargill assistant vice president, Technical Services Leader. “The expansion of our Vilvoorde facility will help our customers shorten product development cycles and optimize costs. Customers with geographic growth plans will benefit by having access to Cargill’s global network of research and development.”