PepsiCo Inc. has opened a new food and beverage innovation center in Shanghai, China. The facility, which is PepsiCo’s largest research and development center outside of North America, will serve as a hub of new product, packaging, and equipment innovation for PepsiCo’s businesses throughout Asia.
The new facility is equipped with a culinary center and test kitchens focused on developing and tailoring PepsiCo food and beverage brands for distinct taste preferences throughout the region. In addition, the facility will house a pilot manufacturing plant that will allow researchers to quickly test new product ideas and support efforts to significantly accelerate the pace of PepsiCo’s innovation in China and other growing Asian markets. The new Shanghai facility will also work collaboratively with other PepsiCo R&D locations around the world to share insights and best practices.
The new R&D center was built in line with the criteria established by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and uses advanced technologies and processes to conserve natural resources and reduce operating costs.
“PepsiCo continues to build global research and development capabilities that are differentiating our brands in the marketplace and driving attractive new growth opportunities,” said Mehmood Khan, Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, PepsiCo. “This center will play an important role in our global R&D network by bringing cutting edge technology and innovation to our businesses in China and throughout Asia Pacific and partnering with other PepsiCo locations to achieve new breakthroughs in other parts of the world.”