GNT Boosts R&D Capabilities with $3.4m Investment

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13 Jul 2017 --- The GNT Group has opened its brand new laboratory facilities in Mierlo, The Netherlands. With an investment of more than €3 million ($3.4 million), the company has considerably expanded its capacities for product development and quality control.

Over the past years, the GNT site in Mierlo has been constantly growing, now covering six hectares. The new facility makes a crucial contribution to supporting the sustainable growth that is fundamental to the company’s strategic 2020 plan and additionally maintaining its market leading position in the field of Coloring Foods.

“As pioneer and innovation leader, our aim is to successfully support our customers in making the transition from additives to coloring foods in every product category,” says Dr. Hendrik Hoeck, Managing Director of the GNT Group. “Our new facilities highly contribute to this goal and enable us to enhance our support to manufacturers at all stages of product development. This will further drive the concept of ‘coloring food with food’ to become the industry standard to satisfy consumers growing demand for real natural color.”

Situated adjacent to the production site at GNT’s headquarters in Mierlo, the new laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art technologies for quality control, as GNT aims to meet the growing and specific demands of its global customer base. The extension of its facilities significantly enhances the company’s core strength of innovation, through integrating the key functions of product development, process development and engineering, the speed of innovation will be increased even further.

Specialists to Boost Innovation
Since the demand for truly natural color solutions is constantly on the rise, GNT is also investing significantly in growing its research and development team. The Group currently employs in total 320 people throughout its global network, this number will rise in line with the continuing success which is supported by its exciting innovation pipeline.

“As we are part of the Bio Based Economy, research and innovation is our key to success. In this respect, we are always looking for highly qualified people, wishing to significantly contribute to the innovation strength of the company,” says Hoeck.

Ensuring a sustainable and excellent working environment, the family-owned company is an important employer especially in the area around Mierlo and across the border to its second production facility in Aachen, Germany.

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The GNT portfolio comprises two brands in general:

EXBERRY® coloring Foods

GNT’s EXBERRY® coloring foods are technically advanced products for the food industry. These natural concentrates offer a wide range of brilliant, stable colors for many applications that are labelled without E-numbers. With EXBERRY® fruit and vegetable concentrates you can develop clean label products that meet with current and future market demands.

Typical raw materials for EXBERRY® coloring foods include elderberries, pumpkins, carrots and many more. EXBERRY® is considered to be the most natural way to provide color to foods and beverages, they are food ingredients and no additives (with E-numbers). EXBERRY® provides the clean label and attractive color that today’s consumers demand.

Nutrifood: The Best of Fruits and Vegetables

Nutrifood is a natural contribution to a balanced diet. Nutrifood fruit and vegetable concentrates are natural and provide a unique way to enhance a wide range of food and drink applications. By incorporating Nutrifood it is possible to “add that something extra” which improves the nutritional balance, visual appeal and taste experience.

Selection of good quality seeds is their starting point. The GNT farmers only cultivate varieties that have been proven and selected in their own trials. Harvesting takes place when the fruits and vegetables are fully ripened, since this is the stage when the phytonutrient content is optimum. GNT focuses on managing and controlling the entire supply chain, from the raw materials themselves right through to their ready-for-dispatch products. This means traceability at every stage of the process.

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