2019-12-06 16:30:29 Koning opent nieuwbouw van Unilever in Wageningen
Koning Willem-Alexander opent op vrijdagmiddag 6 december het nieuwe Unilever Global Foods Innovation Centre op de Wageningen Campus. In het nieuwe innovatiecentrum vindt alle onderzoek en ontwikkeling plaats voor de voedingsmiddelen van Unilever.
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Unilever opens new global Foods Innovation Centre on Wageningen campus
‘Hive’ will address major global food system challenges
Wageningen, 6 December 2019 – His Majesty the King of the Netherlands today opened Unilever’s new global Foods Innovation Centre on the campus of Wageningen University, the leading global agri-food research hub.
Unilever has invested €85m in the new center, named ‘Hive’ for its location amidst leading academic research centres, start-ups and external partners. From Hive, Unilever will lead its global Foods innovation programs for brands like Knorr, Hellmann’s, The Vegetarian Butcher and Calve. Areas of research will include: plant-based ingredients and meat alternatives, efficient crops, sustainable food packaging and nutritious foods.
Together with its partners, Unilever aims to transform the food industry into a healthy and sustainable system, driving innovations that are healthier for people and for the planet.
Alan Jope, Unilever CEO, said: “We need a fundamental transformation of the food system if we are to feed more than 9 billion people sustainably and nutritiously. Malnutrition, obesity, climate change and food waste are issues that can only be addressed if we work in partnership to accelerate technology and innovation. Having a global research and development centre in Wageningen will enable us to do exactly this.”
The Wageningen area in the Netherlands is often nicknamed “Food Valley” – a nod to Silicon Valley – in recognition of the breakthroughs in agri-food tech being generated by start-ups, science institutes, NGOs and companies located in the area.
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