In conjunction with parent company Südzucker, BENEO and Raffinerie Tirlemontoise are pleased to announce the official opening of newly modernised laboratories in Tienen, Belgium.

The laboratories are a centre of expertise for numerous global food innovations and trends and a €5m investment in their modernisation, highlights the importance that the organisation places on research and development (R&D).

The multi-million investment has been used to create additional offices and modernise the existing technical facilities and equipment at Tienen. A new laboratory has also been developed for meat applications that need to be handled under specific temperature conditions.

The refurbishment process has taken many months to complete, but the result is a stunning research facility that ensures that R&D is kept at the heart of Raffinerie Tirlemontoise and BENEO activity for many years to come.

Vice-president of BENEO-Technology Center Rudy Wouters comments: “The new laboratory facilities demonstrate yet again how important R&D is to us as a business. The analytical and microbiological research done at these facilities is focused around a number of specific applications, such as dairy, bread and cereals, meat and beverages and the results go towards informing our customers on the many benefits of BENEO’s ingredients.

“Thanks to the modernised laboratories, we can respond with the substantiated knowledge to the latest trends in a constantly evolving food industry.”