“By co-locating R&D resources of our categories (Home Care, Personal Care, Foods & Refreshment) into our key R&D locations, Unilever will create critical mass in expertise areas to ensure that the technologies ultimately bring benefit-led, breakthrough innovations to the markets,” the company said.
“In addition, we aim to evolve our R&D sites into innovation ecosystems to leverage the knowledge and expertise of external partners.”
Unilever’s foods R&D team will collaborate with the Wageningen University & Research and a variety of other science institutes and start-ups to develop cutting-edge innovations, said Jan Zijderveld, president, Unilever Europe.
|Amanda Sourry, president of Unilever Foods.|
“The foods innovation ecosystem in Wageningen will bring together a strong combination of in-house R&D and external science and technology, talent and facilities, increasing the impact of Unilever’s own resources and capabilities, and ultimately creating the innovative power that we need to provide leadership in foods,” said Amanda Sourry, president, Unilever Foods.
Unilever’s home care, personal care and refreshment R&D organizations that are currently based in Vlaardingen will move to Unilever innovation ecosystems in Port Sunlight and Colworth Science Park in England, leading to an eventual closing of the Vlaardingen site.