Fonterra has opened a $4 million research centre at its USA base in Chicago.
The centre will work with North American customers tailoring innovations using New Zealand technology and ingredients to the needs of United States and Canadian markets.
The Chicago Technical Centre (CTC) situated near the O’Hare International Airport houses advanced processing equipment, a sample analysis lab and an ingredient supply site, and will use innovations derived from Fonterra’s other research and development hubs in Palmerston North, Melbourne and Hamburg.
Key customers will be able visit the centre and see the processes and taste the products, as food scientists develop cheeses, yoghurt, paediatric formulas, beverages and bars. “Our investment in the CTC reinforces Fonterra’s commitment to the US dairy industry and to innovation,” said Fonterra USA’s chief operating officer, Martin Bates.