ASEAN KH Roberts forms partnership with Leistritz to advance plant-based foods innovations in ASEAN April 2021
KH Roberts, a leading creator and provider of aromas and tastes has formed partnership with Leistritz, a renowned leader in extrusion innovation for pharmaceutical and food processing, to advance the research and development of plant-based foods specifically for the Asian palate.
Dr Peter K.C Ong, CEO of KH Roberts said, “We bring together KH Roberts’s expertise in aromas and tastes with Leistritz’s expertise in process engineering in this 2nd pilot scale extruder located in KH Roberts. We have been operating the first pilot scale extruder jointly with a local Singapore university since October 2020 for academic research and educational training on plant-based foods. Innovating future foods and tastes is at the heart of what we do and we recognise the value of open collaboration with fellow industry leaders and promising food start-ups to achieve this. Through our new partnership with Leistritz, KH Roberts is able to further expand and develop its flavour and masking solutions in plant-based foods.”
As part of KH Roberts’s industry-academic collaborations, Singapore’s first operational pilot scale twin screw extruder for plant-based foods was commissioned in September 2020. The extruder is key to producing new innovative alternative protein foods with authentic meat-like textures to meet the latest consumer demands. Fully supported by KH Roberts’s expertise in aromas and tastes, the first pilot scale extruder has been instrumental in advancing academic research and teaching purposes with the objective of equipping future food technologists with the knowledge and skill sets of plant-based food technology.
Leistritz Singapore’s General Manager Extrusion, Alf Hofstetter, said “Leistritz stands for technologically sophisticated products and a high level of innovation. These 2 pilot scale extruders are amongst the first to be commissioned and operational in Singapore and Southeast Asia, showcasing our strong expertise in this technology. This joint development with KH Roberts allows us to further enhance our food processing and engineering expertise outside of Europe, and jointly support the fast-developing alternative protein markets in Southeast Asia.”
The KH Roberts-Leistritz collaboration highlights a mutual recognition of the growing importance of flavours and advanced food processing in the emerging plant-based foods market. The collaboration will enable KH Roberts to strengthen its position at the forefront of taste innovation, and develop open collaboration opportunities with leading global food innovators and promising start-ups.
KH Roberts, established for more than 50 years in Singapore, crafts future flavours and has good understanding of Asia’s diverse cultures, tastes and preferences. Leistritz Extrusionstechnik GmbH is an 80-year old company based in Germany and is a renown manufacturer of twin screws for compounding technology. Leistritz set up its Singapore operation 25 years ago.
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