ST. LOUIS, July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bunge North America, the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG), is expanding the Bunge Ingredient Innovation Center (BIIC) in Bradley, Illinois to include a full service culinary center. The state-of-the-art facility includes an industrial kitchen and a corporate dining room with extensive video capabilities.
"As a leader in innovation for milled grain and edible oil products, this new facility reflects our continued commitment to providing our customers with a complete range of products and services," said Soren Schroder, president and CEO, Bunge North America. "The culinary center enables customers to take our award-winning food ingredients and either test how they improve their existing products or develop new recipes."
With the addition of the culinary center, the Bunge Ingredient Innovation Center can now take products from creation to commercialization. Bunge's team of 25 scientists who are located in the facility develop nutritionally-improved and performance-enhanced solutions to meet changing food industry trends. These products can be tested in a real-world manufacturing environment in the edible oils and extrusion pilot plants. Food companies can then test the ingredients in product formulations.
After products are developed, they can be tested and sampled in the bakery applications, analytical and sensory laboratories to ensure they met the nutritional, performance and taste attributes required.
"In addition to providing a hands-on experience for our customers, the new culinary center enables us to showcase the talents of our chefs through live product demonstrations and training," said Bill McCullough, director of marketing. "We also strengthen the link between the applications scientists and culinary experts from our Chef's group by developing on-trend menu items for foodservice as well as developing new product concepts that end up on the retail shelf."
The general contractor on the project was d. katz equipment, LLC. With more than 35 years in the foodservice industry, the company specializes in the design and build of leading restaurants in the Chicago area.
About Bunge North America
Bunge North America (www.bungenorthamerica.com), the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG), is a vertically integrated food and feed ingredient company, supplying raw and processed agricultural commodities and specialized food ingredients to a wide range of customers in the livestock, poultry, food processor, foodservice and bakery industries. With headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, Bunge North America and its subsidiaries operate grain elevators, oilseed processing plants, edible oil refineries and packaging facilities, and corn dry mills in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
About Bunge Limited
Bunge Limited (www.bunge.com, NYSE: BG) is a leading global agribusiness and food company with approximately 35,000 employees in more than 30 countries. Bunge buys, sells, stores and transports oilseeds and grains to serve customers worldwide; processes oilseeds to make protein meal for animal feed and edible oil products for commercial customers and consumers; produces sugar and ethanol from sugarcane; mills wheat and corn to make ingredients used by food companies; and sells fertilizer in North and South America. Founded in 1818, the company is headquartered in White Plains, New York.
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