Roquette America, an ingredients processor that works with corn, wheat, potato and yellow pea, is expanding its petfood formulation services with the opening of its Innovation Center in Geneva, Ill., USA. The center gives customers access to a solutions-oriented development environment and the ability to create and enhance products through collaboration and innovation in sustainable ingredients.

“This new center is not for us, but for our customers,” said Xavier Lescieux, industrial business unit manager, Roquette. “We are a solutions provider.”

The company is looking to further innovate in the area of green chemistry – the use and application of sustainable ingredients – an effort in which the new center is designed to aid. For example, the company has been working with yellow pea, which is “very sustainable,” said Lescieux, and uses only water in its cultivation and processing. Lescieux said using these types of sustainable ingredients can help customers bring higher-value products to market.

The company has partnerships with global customers and suppliers, enabling customers to design prototype systems and solutions, while reducing the cycle time to market. Customers at the new center also can use Roquette’s laboratories, a demonstration kitchen and pilot facility, which are equipped to assist companies through the changing regulatory environment.

The company’s Roquette University courses, educational programming to learn about product formulations and applications, also will be offered at the new location. One of these courses, Nutritional and Functional Ingredients in Petfood, which will focus on healthy and sustainable solutions for animal nutrition, will take place September 27-28 at the Innovation Center. The complimentary course is designed to help petfood professionals create nutritious and functional product profiles for the marketplace through technical lectures, prototype demonstrations and discussion of market trends and regulatory affairs.

“Roquette’s goal is for customers to feel as if they can visit Geneva, Illinois, and develop complete solutions in a collaborative effort,” said Guy Talbourdet, CEO for the Roquette Group.

Roquette America is a subsidiary of Roquette Freres, which is headquartered in Lestrem, France.