The $14.7 million Cargill Innovation Center in Wichita, Kansas, will officially open for business on July 15. The research, development, culinary, laboratory, pilot plant, and distribution capabilities housed in the building are focused on helping Cargill’s retail and foodservice customers grow their businesses by meeting the needs of domestic and international consumers.
“This is a discovery zone, a place where the art and science of food intersect to advance food quality, nutrition, meat production, food safety, and packaging, while also employing a creative flair in the areas of new product development and finding solutions to meet our customers’ needs and expectations,” said Scott Eilert, Vice President of Research and Development who oversees the facility.
The 75,000-sq-ft innovation center is located one block away from the headquarters of several Cargill businesses it supports, which include the second largest beef processor in the United States, third largest turkey processor, and fourth largest pork processor. The innovation center also works closely with several other Cargill businesses such as its salt, egg, dressings, sauces, oils, and food ingredients groups.