European Protein Innovation Hub
The European Protein Innovation Hub (“The Hub”), is connected to Cargill’s Saint-Cyr en Val plant, located in Orleans, France. Opened in 2023, it is Cargill’s first protein-focused innovation and inspiration center in Europe designed to step change customers speed-to-market. The Hub features a multifunctional customer experience area, a state-of-the-art development kitchen and a modern pilot plant. Here, customers can co-create recipes with Cargill Protein’s culinary chefs and food technologists and test new menu concepts and product prototypes in the kitchen before commercialization. This facility enables our customers to develop and test new protein products to meet their innovation needs with increased speed-to-market. It is also part of Cargill’s continued investment in the innovation of proteins as an essential component of the food chain.
World class protein expertise
Cargill’s Protein Innovation Hub is the perfect home for unsurpassed protein experiences to transform ideas into an exciting reality. With more than 30 years' experience in proteins, a team of culinary chefs and innovation experts work alongside customers to explore the entire world of protein under one roof - from consumer and market insights to sensory profiling and product concepts.
The idea-to-execution concept begins with product co-creation, where customers can create or re-create samples of finished products inspired by Cargill chefs across Europe. Cargill’s European Protein team can then rapidly prototype new products in small batches improving speed to market through a pilot line, while undertaking analytical and sensory testing to ensure the end products exceed consumers evolving protein preferences. Finished products are presented in the customer experience center which boasts a restaurant space and hosts chef demonstrations, workshops, and training to enhance co-development and customer experience.
Activities at the center include:
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