ANDRITZ opens the Food Innovation Xperience test centre

Ribbon-cutting ceremony with Joachim Schönbeck (ANDRITZ CEO, centre), Olaf Müller (senior vice-president, ANDRITZ separation division) on the left, and Marco Buis (managing director of ANDRITZ Gouda) on the right

ANDRITZ has opened a test and research centre for the food and feed industry in Waddinxveen, The Netherlands. The Food Innovation Xperience centre will be the development and technology hub where customers and ANDRITZ experts team up to turn visions into reality.

The test centre is equipped with milling, extraction, dewatering, and drying technologies from ANDRITZ, enabling customers to conduct feasibility studies, pilot plant tests for scale-up or R&D activities under food-grade or even ATEX conditions. Covering a total area of 850m2, the centre is available to customers in the food and feed industry as well as to research and development organizations.

Developing new, sustainable food ingredients and food manufacturing processes has become particularly important today as food and feed manufacturers must respond to the fast-changing market and consumer demands, governmental regulations and environmental requirements.

“In this context, it is essential to act quickly and scale-up new ideas, make existing production processes more efficient and reduce operations’ environmental impact, like freshwater consumption or CO2 footprint,” explained Marco Buis, managing director at ANDRITZ Gouda. “Our Food Innovation Xperience centre offers customers the opportunity to determine the best possible manufacturing process for their need, building on latest technologies and line solutions as well as expert support from ANDRITZ.”

In addition to the original test portfolio around drying and dewatering, the centre offers various tests in the area of alternative proteins, traditional food and feed, as well as trend-setting extraction.

The Food Innovation Xperience centre has been built next to the existing pilot and research facility at the ANDRITZ Waddinxveen site, where customers can perform tests for by-product processes and wastewater treatment.