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AAK opens innovation center in the US

Specialty fats and oil supplier AAK opened the doors to its AAKTION Lab, an innovation center located on-site at the company’s U.S. headquarters and designed to facilitate close collaboration with customers. The state-of-the-art facility features dedicated bakery and chocolate/confectionery labs as well as space for meeting with customers and conducting sensory evaluation.

It’s the first of three customer-centric innovation centers that Malmö, Sweden–based AAK plans to open in the U.S. market this year. A center focused on bakery product applications is under construction in Louisville, Ky., and another dedicated to bakery and dairy applications is slated for completion in Richmond, Calif., late in the third quarter.

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I maj öppnar Arlas innovationscenter

I maj 2017 öppnar Arlas globala center för utveckling av nya produkter och idéer. Arla Innovation Centre, AIC, får cirka 120 medarbetare (de första börjar flytta in i februari). Det ligger i Agro Food Park i danska Århus, och ingår i Danish Food Cluster, som är en internationell gemenskap för innovation och kunskapsdelning inom lantbruks- och livsmedelssektorn. Chef är Sven Thormahlen,chef för forskning och utveckling i Arla.

Styrelsen beslutade 2013 att investera cirka 350 miljoner SEK i ett nytt modernt innovationscenter (istället för Brabrand i Danmark och Stockholm i Sverige).

På de nästan 10.000 kvadratmeterna finns bland annat ett minimejeri, flera laboratorier, provkök, provsmakningsutrustning och ett område för utvecklingsarbete tillsammans med kunder.

Inno Challenge, an initiative to create new dairy products through open innovation

Agropur Cooperative, in partnership with the Quartier de l’innovation de Montréal, AgBioCentre and NineSigma, announces the launch of Inno Challenge, an initiative to create new dairy products through open innovation. This is a Canadian first in agrifood innovation. Under the theme “Together, Let’s Reinvent Dairy!” a first call is going out across Canada and internationally to creative thinkers who will have until December 7, 2016, to submit their proposals for innovative dairy products.

Agropur’s “Together, Let’s Reinvent Dairy” Challenge seeks to identify impactful new innovations that expand, sustain and reinvigorate the use of dairy products and elevate dairy beyond a household staple. The selected participants will be announced in January 2017. Up to four projects will each receive an up to $25,000 grant and access to Agropur’s innovation support resources.

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