Tereos Launches R&D Centre In Singapore’s Research Hub, Biopolis
Friday, October 26th, 2018 | 779 Views
The R&D Centre will act as a regional platform to showcase Tereos’ product portfolio tailored to the Asian market.
Amassing over 70 years of industry experience in Europe, South America and Africa, Tereos, a leading provider of sugar, alcohol, starch and sweeteners, is now expanding its reach in Asia. With its newly minted R&D centre in the heart of Singapore’s research hub, Biopolis, the company aims to address the regional demand for noodles, bakery products, confectionery, tea, sauces, snacks and beverages.
Improving food nutrition is at the core of Tereos’ ethics. In Asia, the team is very aware of the spreading endemic of chronic diseases—the solution to which, they believe can be found in tweaking food formulations. As an example, Anne Wagner, Corporate Research & Development Director, comments: “At Tereos, we work with sugars in a synergistic way—what that means is that we reformulate recipes to duplicate the familiar mouthfeel, texture and taste, but reduce or remove ingredients such as sugar. This helps end consumers meet their health objectives without compromising on taste.”
The new R&D Centre is merely a first step for Tereos—the company aims to expand its collaborative research with local universities and institutions in order to study consumption trends in Singapore and the wider region. This will help them tailor formulations to the local palette and expand their research network in terms of nutrition and science.
The launch would not have been possible without the support of the Economic Development Board (EDB). Mr Lee Eng Keat, Executive Director, Agrifood, and Commercial & Professional Services, EDB, comments: “Singapore’s vibrant innovation ecosystem has drawn companies to set up facilities here to boost their innovation capabilities, and we are delighted that Tereos has chosen Singapore to establish its R&D centre in Asia. With innovation and openness being its core values, Tereos stands in good stead to address the shifting trends in the Food & Beverage industry as more consumers are seeking healthy and nutritious options.”
Editor’s Musings: Tereos has brought innovative solutions at a trying time for the country. With diabetes statistics at a shockingly high number—1 in 3 Singaporeans at risk—we need to look closely at our nutritional choices and create a wave of change from the foundation. In other words, the ingredients we use need to shift from tasty and caloric, to tasty and functional. To that end, value-added products from companies like Tereos will help consumers avoid becoming a statistic in the long run.
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