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The facilities combine knowledge and technology to develop solutions for customers in the food and beverage industry

CAMPINAS, Brazil, June 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Cargill opened one of the food industry’s most advanced technology and innovation centers today in Campinas, state of Sao Paulo (Brazil). The new complex was developed based on sustainable principles and houses technical teams from many fields of knowledge to develop innovative solutions, ingredients and applications in partnership with customers.

The result of a R$20 million investment (approximately US $12.6 million), the 20,000 square meter Innovation Center features multiple laboratories to serve customers in the beverage, baking, confectionery, convenience foods and dairy categories. It also includes a flavor and aroma laboratory, and an industrial lab to create and develop ingredients and applications for the paper, textile, corrugated and biopolymer market. In addition to application development, the new facility will enable activities including product sensorial analysis, prototype development, ingredient creation and evaluation, consumer testing, and food preparation and tasting in the culinary center.

“Cargill’s Latin American business is growing rapidly and our customers