According to plans submitted to the local Works Council, the intent is to open the facility before the end of 2021.
Group CEO David Haines said, “The announcement demonstrates our commitment to ambitious and pioneering research and development. Our track record is good. Since Upfield was established under two years ago, we have already launched new and industry-leading plant-based cheese, cream, and butter products.
“The new Upfield Food Science Centre will allow us to accelerate our ambitious agenda and develop even more options so people can enjoy great tasting, natural, plant-based foods that are not only beneficial to their health, but to the planet. As a global leader in plant-based nutrition, we are extremely excited by what this investment means for the future of the category.”
John Verbakel, chief research and development officer said, “Investment in the new Upfield Food Science Centre will give us access to state-of-the art equipment, technology and an inspiring and creative network of individuals and companies, allowing us to really push the boundaries of what we can achieve in natural, plant-based foods innovation. It is exciting to be part of a company committed to such a large-scale investment, which recognizes the importance of food science and plant-based foods.”
Upfield, which is headquartered in Amsterdam, has also committed to opening a new global headquarters office by the end of 2021. The newly-built office will bring together associates currently based in both Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
The company has 17 manufacturing sites around the world, has more than 100 brands and sells products in more than 95 countries.