MARKETS & TRENDS
Ingredion operates in more than 100 countries and has built a network of 27 Idea Labs innovation centers around the world,
including a flagship lab in Bridgewater, New Jersey.
Complete Solutions for Fast Innovation
How Ingredion’s innovation strategy has been reshaped by speed-to-market and clean
label demands, sustainability and more.
Global food and personal care consumers alike are increasingly demanding natural, plant-derived
and familiar ingredients in their
products, and seek out brands that
offer transparency on the label and
beyond. At the same time, products are
becoming hyper-segmented, creating
new speed-to-market challenges for
manufacturers of consumer goods.
Those manufacturers—whether due to
organizational size or general budget
constraints—no longer feature many
critical in-house innovation resources.
As a result, more than ever, suppliers
are required to deliver more complete,
natural, sustainable and clean label
solutions to their customers.
Ingredion, an ingredient and
formulation solutions provider, has
expanded its operations to address
the changing innovation needs of
the food, beverage and personal care
industries. The company leverages
its 100-plus-year legacy in natural
ingredient technology to convert
grains, fruits, vegetables and other
botanical sources into value-added
ingredients for foods, beverages and
personal care products. In addition,
its beauty and home business features
dedicated applications, product
development, marketing and business
development resources, and shares
R&D and sensory teams with the food
and beverage group.
Cooperative R&D and sensory
groups allow Ingredion to quickly
identify cross-application opportunities
for its ingredients and technologies,
including natural biopolymers,
aesthetic modifiers, emulsifiers,
proteins and fruit juice concentrates.
The food/beverage and beauty/home
groups have developed dedicated
sensory lexicons, as well as sensory
capabilities, including consumer panels
that allow researchers to test new
concepts for likeability and validate
Kristen Presti, director of Ingredion’s
Global Beauty & Home group.