Corn-starch supplier Roquette America opens innovation center

Corn-starch supplier Roquette America opens innovation center

Roquette America, processor of corn-based starches and syrups used in many food and beverage applications, has opened the Roquette Innovation Center in Geneva, Illinois.

ROQUETTE AMERICA announced the official grand opening of the Roquette® Innovation Center in Geneva, Illinois, on Wednesday, September 14, 2011. The Roquette® Innovation Center offers customers the opportunity to access a world-class development environment, the ability to create and enhance products for the Nutrition, Pharmaceutical, Nutraceutical and Bio-Chemical market segments. As part of Roquette’s strategy to continue to be the global leader in innovation in the areas of green chemistry and health and nutrition products, the Roquette® Innovation Center will further magnify strategic partnerships with global customers and suppliers, enabling customers the opportunity to design new prototype systems and solutions, while significantly reducing the cycle time to market.

Among the participants celebrating the event were Roquette customers, partners, government officials, community members, members of Roquette’s Board of Directors and employees from all the Roquette America facility locations of Geneva and Gurnee, Illinois and Keokuk, Iowa. In his opening remarks, Edouard Roquette, Vice Chairman of the Board for the Roquette Group and Chairman of Roquette America’s Board of Directors said, “The Roquette® Innovation Center is an example of Roquette’s commitment to partnering with our customers to meet their market needs by offering unique products and innovative solutions.”

Guy Talbourdet, CEO for the Roquette Group explained, “The Roquette Innovation Center will complement our facilities in Europe and Asia. These locations will gather teams of Roquette people who are experts in their respective application fields with the means to develop their expertise to customize solutions for their customers.” Talbourdet continued. “Roquette’s goal is for customers to feel as if they can visit Geneva, Illinois, and develop complete solutions in a collaborative effort.” Roquette® University offers customers educational programming to learn about new product formulations and innovative applications. The Innovation Center also includes laboratories available for customers, a culinary demonstration kitchen and pilot facility.

The theme of the Grand Opening Ceremony, “Revealing Tomorrow Today”, along with Roquette’s motto, “Offering the best of nature”, reflects how Roquette has been at the forefront of innovation since the company’s founding in 1933, developing new products and new applications that utilize renewable raw materials from corn, pea, potato, wheat and now, microalgae. Judith Canales, USDA Administrator for Business and Cooperative Programs, offered remarks at the ceremony, highlighting how innovation and partnership leads to better use of our agricultural products while bringing prosperity to both rural and urban communities.

The guests toured the facility and sampled a wide array of tempting treats prepared by renowned Chef Alain Roby, of Geneva’s “All Chocolate Kitchen”. Among the healthy, great tasting foods utilizing the innovative ingredients created by Roquette, were Sorbetto and sugar free chocolate truffles.

Capping the Grand Opening ceremony was an inspirational key note speech by Scott Coady, Principal at Sage Alliance Partners, “Accelerating Innovation through High Performance Collaboration”, the theme of Coady’s remarks reflected the spirit and purpose of Roquette’s Innovation Center.

ROQUETTE AMERICA, Inc. is a subsidiary of the privately held ROQUETTE FRERES, headquartered in Lestrem, France. The company is a global leading processor of corn and other grains into solutions for the pharmaceutical, human nutrition, animal nutrition, paper, fermentation and industrial markets. Roquette America’s manufacturing facility in Iowa produces corn-based starches and syrups and polyols used in many food and beverage applications as well as in pharmaceuticals, paper products, cosmetics and agricultural goods. It also operates a manufacturing plant in Gurnee, Illinois. ROQUETTE is constantly working on new and innovative ingredients that broaden the window for formulators to develop new products for existing and emerging markets.

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