As part of its focus on Turkey, the Middle East, and North Africa, Bunge Loders Croklaan (BLC), a leader in edible oils and fats, is expanding its worldwide innovation network with its first Creative Studio in the region. The studio, which officially opens in October 2020, will be adjacent to the Bunge Turkey office in Istanbul.

“Our goal is to be close to our customers and work with them to streamline product development and time-to-market,” said Renee Boerefijn, director of innovation EMEA for Bunge Loders Croklaan, in a press release. “They [the Creative Studios] help our customers stay ahead of the competition. They are the physical representation of the concept, ‘Let’s create together,’ which is fundamental to who we are as a company and to our commitment to innovation.”

The Istanbul Creative Studio will be managed by Öznur Köse, application and technical support manager for Turkey, supported by a local team of experts, and is the latest addition to the existing global network of Creative Experience Centers. It will serve to develop solutions with food manufacturers across bakery, confectionery, culinary, and dairy in collaboration with innovative networks such as Le Cordon Bleu. It will also provide training in specific ancillary issues, such as reformulation of products according to new regulations.

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