ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Solae has opened a new Asia food application center – the DuPont Solae Asia Food Application Center – within the DuPont China Research & Development Center building in Shanghai, China. The new center will focus on meat, food, beverage, bakery and confectionery products.

This marks Solae's fourth major research and development facility to support global business growth. The other facilities are located in North America, Europe and South America.

"We are very excited to open this new food application center in Asia as our similar facilities in other regions of the world have proven highly effective at addressing regional food development needs," said Torkel Rhenman, CEO - Solae. "This new facility is part of our long-term commitment to Asia Pacific customers that we will continue expanding our capabilities, delivering more nutritional, functional, economical and sustainable ingredient solutions to this high-growth market."

The center houses a meat laboratory, food and beverage laboratory, a bakery and confectionery laboratory and a product analysis and sensory science laboratory. It also is equipped with facilities and meeting rooms to accommodate requests from customers for training and discussion.

"This center will enable Solae food, meat and nutrition scientists to focus on Asian food systems," said Tony Andrew, Asia Pacific senior sales director – Solae. "This new center expands Solae's capabilities in the region, providing a dedicated resource for customers to utilize when developing products with our ingredients. Additionally, we believe that having this facility located in Asia will cut Solae's turnaround time for customer project development work by at least 50%."

Solae works with many meat and food manufacturers throughout Asia on a variety of food segments including processed meats and fish products, among others. The company currently operates three manufacturing plants in China with a total of 11 worldwide.

Solae LLC calls itself the global leader in developing innovative soy-based technologies and ingredients for food, meat and nutritional products.