BENEO Introduces BENEO-Technology Center At Fi Europe

November 29, 2011 — At this year’s Fi Europe (FiE) in Paris, BENEO – one of the leading manufacturers of functional ingredients – announces the creation of its BENEO-Technology Center.

The BENEO-Technology Center brings together BENEO’s long-standing food application and technical expertise to enhance and encourage product innovation within the bakery and cereal, baby foods, beverages, confectionery and dairy sectors. By combining the experience of specialists within BENEO’s different application fields, customers have access to an extensive knowledge base on BENEO ingredients and their specific applications.

The BENEO-Technology Center will provide customers with specialist information in response to their food application questions. As such, it will assist in developing recipes and formulations for products, with optimized nutrition, that meet consumers’ expectations in terms of texture, appearance and taste. Furthermore, experts from the BENEO-Technology Center have the necessary processing experience to offer on-site consultations..

As well as its main laboratories in Tienen/Belgium and Offstein/Germany, the BENEO-Technology Center has the support of teams located at BENEO Inc., USA and BENEO Asia Pacific, Singapore, to offer regional market knowledge. Also, BENEO can access Südzucker’s expertise via its CRDS (Central Department for Research and Development Services).  In addition, the BENEO-Technology Center co-operates with partners from across the food industry, including machinery suppliers, flavor houses, and experts in emulsifiers and stabilizers to bring even broader application knowledge to its customers.

Representing BENEO’s technical expertise, the BENEO-Technology Center complements the nutritional and regulatory know-how of the BENEO-Institute as well as the company’s experience in market and consumer insights. This unique selection of expertise ensures that customers are supported in the product development process, from lab to shelf.

Rudy Wouters, Vice-President BENEO-Technology Center, stated, “Tomorrow’s innovation needs to safeguard taste and texture and, at the same time, offer a healthier option to the market. Knowledge about formulation, recipes, technology and processing are crucial for successful product development. With the creation of the BENEO-Technology Center, we can further support our customers in their existing products and new concept creations.”

Within the conference program, Rudy Wouters will be speaking on “Importing texture and creaminess in fat reduced food products” on Tuesday, November 29th at 1pm.

For further information on BENEO and its ingredients, please visit: www.beneo.com

The BENEO product portfolio consists of functional ingredients with nutritional and technical advantages, derived from chicory roots, beet sugar, rice and wheat. BENEO is the ideal partner to help improve the health (weight management, energy for mental & physical performance, digestive, bone and dental health), taste, texture and nutritional value (fat and sugar replacement/fiber enrichment) of a product. Through a unique chain of expertise, including the BENEO-Institute, BENEO actively supports industry partners in the development of more balanced and healthy food products.

BENEO is a division of the Südzucker Group, employs almost 900 people and has production units in Belgium, Chile, Germany and Italy.