Unilever chooses Italy for food research centre

Unilever executives have marked the opening of the industrial giant’s new global research centre for food manufacturing technology in Italy by cutting a giant pasta ribbon.

Located in Cisterna, where it will employ 50 R&D staff, the Assembled Foods Centre of Excellence will provide a product development centre for new lines of ready meals, salads, snacks and bakery goods. Unilever says the aim is to “use exclusive ingredients and culinary techniques to deliver restaurant quality with convenient foods”.

To achieve this, the centre will attempt to develop a world-class technical capability in the technical know-how needed to make assembled foods: from raw materials to creative product formulation and design, to manufacturing and distribution to the shelf.

This will be combined with expertise in freezing and downstream product assembly, while process experts will be developing new proprietary technologies to increase quality, preservation and shelf life, the company said.

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