Planteneers continues its expansion into North America with the opening of its Customer Center of Excellence in Aurora, Illinois this summer. Planteneers brings its functional ingredient systems into the plant-based food and beverage space to enable brands to create products for the flexitarian, vegetarian, and vegan consumer.

In this new Aurora facility, Planteneers can: host customers for collaborative product development sessions with a full plant-based meat laboratory (with a plant-based dairy laboratory coming online soon after the ribbon-cutting), develop ingredient solutions that work for US consumers, and house sales, distribution, marketing, product managers and R&D team members.

Kyle Borkovec, R&D Manager for North America and the North American team will focus on the expectations of American consumers. “Our portfolio comprises three product areas – plant-based alternatives to meat and sausage products, seafood, and cheese and dairy,” said Borkovec. “In plant-based sausage products, our focus is on alternatives to raw sausages like salami and chorizo and in meat alternatives we naturally address the BBQ classics, ground meat, and our new marbled steak options. We’ve also tailored the plant-based seafood line ingredient solutions for salmon filet and smoked salmon, shrimp, calamari, sashimi, fish sticks, and breaded filets. Cheese and dairy products are also interesting from our perspective,” said Borkovec. “Manufacturers can use our systems to make plant-based alternatives to whipped cream, traditional hard cheeses like parmesan and feta, ice cream and cream cheese.”

“Plant-based is becoming more important in the North American market. New, innovative products that are similar to conventional animal products will be easier for consumers to integrate into their daily lives, since they fit existing habits. At our new Aurora location with production, R&D, and the upcoming Customer Center, we can address customer-specific requirements for the US market even better,” noted Brian Walker, CEO of Planteneers.

About Planteneers

Planteneers is a go-to, total, plant-based ingredient solutions provider, offering stabilizers, texturizers, colors, and flavor solutions for all plant-based and hybrid products. Seeking to accelerate speed-to-market and commercialization timelines, Planteneers’ team of R&D experts work with you to develop plant-based alternatives to meat, sausage, fish, cheese, milks, dairy, and deli foods. Planteneers accesses the knowledge of 100+ R&D specialists and the extensive applications technology of the large, independent, owner-operated Stern-Wywiol Group’s twelve sister companies across the globe. Use our Plantbaser tool to learn which Planteneers’ products work best and to get sample products.