The animal feed & nutrition division of Cargill recently renovated and expanded its global Innovation Center in Velddriel, the Netherlands.
“We wanted to find the best way to meet with the demands of the market,” said Dave Cook, research & development director for Cargill’s animal nutrition business. “As a result, we designed a facility we believe will promote collaboration among our experts, as well as those from local universities to accelerate innovation. This will allow us to more quickly deliver new products and services to our customers around the world.”
The Velddriel facilities previously were the R&D premises of Provimi. This Netherlands-based premix supplier, was acquired by Cargill in 2011, thus expanding their animal nutrition business considerably on a global scale.
Designed for dairy, poultry and swine research, this Innovation Centre now includes new poultry nutrition research facilities, new guest viewing corridors and the collective knowhow of its animal nutrition experts in the Netherlands. Total investment for the expansion and renovation accounted for US$3.7 million.
The Global Innovation Centre is expected to receive over 3,000 visitors per year. The new viewing corridors allow visitors to conveniently view the animal R&D facilities, without changing footwear or clothes, while improving hygiene standards.
The Velddriel location is one of Cargill’s two global animal nutrition innovation centres. The other centre is based in Elk River, MN, USA. Both of these locations serve as the hubs of the company’s global network of 15 animal nutrition research and technology, or so-called ‘application’ centres. These centres are located around the world and have the objective to specifically translate the basic research findings of ‘Elk River’ and ‘Velddriel’ into local solutions, based on local conditions, climate and so on. And that’s what it always is all about to meet expectations: ‘think global, act local’.