A $110 million dollar facility that opened in Singapore this month hopes to move South East Asia away from its dependence on animal agriculture.
The corporate laboratory ‘WIL@NUS’, is a collaboration between agribusiness group Wilmar International Limited, the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singapore’s National Research Foundation.
They hope to develop foods that are more relevant to the region, such as chicken satay, and to create products that appeal to all ages.
Wilmar CEO Kuok Khoon Hong said: “From the elderly to the millennial, people are demanding healthier and more nutritious food,”
“To stay ahead of the curve, we embrace open innovation.”
Not only will the Singapore lab look at public health issues and ways to combat them through healthier eating, but also develop healthier forms of cooking oil to reduce cholesterol levels in the elderly.
The research facility was opened on the 19th June by the countries Finance Minister, Heng Swee Keat.
He stated; “I am looking forward to food products from the Corporate Lab that could enhance the health and well-being of our people, as well as greener and more sustainable production of biochemical compounds for our industry.”