Lab investment for GNT
The GNT Group is investing more than €3 million (£2.53m) in its research and development capabilities.
By constructing new laboratory facilities at its headquarters in Mierlo, the Netherlands, the company will almost double its capacities for quality control and product development.
The investment is designed to lay the foundation for future growth and maintain the company’s reputation in the field of colouring foods. When opening the facilities – likely in early 2017 – several new jobs will be created.
Dr. Hendrik Hoeck, managing director of GNT Group, explains: “This boost in research and development is bringing our product development to the next level and insources additional quality control measures to make them even faster and more efficient. The expansion stands fully in line with our long-term business strategy and backs up our targeted annual growth of 5% to 10% until 2020”.
He continues: “Innovation is core to us: we have always been driven by the goal to continuously extend the ease and possibilities of applying colouring foods, as well as their precise fit to any product, in order to make colouring food with food the industry standard“.
The new laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art technologies for testing, including microbiological analyses and hygiene monitoring. Being situated on the production plant grounds in Mierlo, they will bring research and development activities closer to manufacturing. This allows GNT to better, faster and more flexibly serve the growing number of food and beverage manufacturers switching to colouring foods and to fulfil their specific and increasingly complex requirements.
In addition, each of the companies’ 11 affiliate locations around the world have application laboratories to provide clients with local knowledge, technical and regulatory support, as well as tailor-made advice.