300 R&D employees and annual R&D spending of about € 20 million underline the importance of research and development for the AGRANA Group. To safeguard and expand the market leadership, the company is focusing even more strongly on innovations. That is why AGRANA is continually investing in state-of-the-art lab and application technology.
The AGRANA Research & Innovation Center (ARIC) in Tulln, Austria, the Group’s central research and development organisation, is currently being expanded.
Besides the ARIC facility, AGRANA also operates 17 new-product development centers worldwide for the fruit preparations business, which work closely with customers on new recipes, special ingredients and raw materials, and new applications for existing products. For example, in Mitry-Mory, France, where AGRANA strives to be first movers in bringing new development trends to the regional market as early as possible.
AGRANA is constantly working to optimise operational and business processes. Through the digital networking of its production plants, the programming of automatic startup and shutdown logic for plant processes, the optimisation of fermentation for bioethanol production using advanced control loops, and the digital integration of operational expert knowledge, AGRANA increases its efficiency and generates higher yields while lowering production losses and energy use. All employees are experts in their field and make AGRANA what it is – a company with long tradition and a high-tech heart.