AAK Opens New Innovation Center in Hull, UK

AAK UK, manufacturer and supplier of edible oils, fats and semi-specialty oil ingredients, based at Hull’s King George Dock, has recently opened a new Customer Innovation Center to help develop products for leading food brands, in Hull, according to humberbusiness.com.

The company, based at Hull’s King George Dock, employs 300 people and, together with its sister site in Runcorn, Cheshire, works closely with customers to co-develop new products for the bakery, dairy, infant nutrition, chocolate and confectionery, food service and retail sectors.

Jan Lenferink, president of AAK Europe, visited the UK to officially open the new Customer Innovation Centre, praising the Hull team who had taken the project from plans to completion in just three weeks.

The new center comprises a large test bakery, an ultra-modern demonstration kitchen, and conference and office facilities. Gary Hughes, head of customer innovation for AAK UK, said the center would enable AAK’s customer innovation team to take their co-development work to the next level. Co-development is central to our business proposition,” he said.

“It means blending our own capabilities and experience with our customers’ skills and know-how, to produce unique value-adding solutions which really make a difference.

A great example would be the work we have been doing on the development of butter alternatives. These specialist vegetable oil blends are helping our customers to improve the nutritional profile of their products, while controlling costs at a time of record-high butter prices.”

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