Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods) intends to develop healthy food and beverage products with the recent opening of a research and development (R&D) centre in Thailand.

Situated north of Bangkok in Ayutthaya, the CP Foods centre includes a pilot plant and an R&D building.

The facility will provide a range of nutritional foods and ingredients to consumers around the world.

According to CP Foods CEO of food business Sukhawat Dansermsuk, the research site will enable the company to significantly accelerate and boost innovation. The centre is also expected to help the company’s researchers to meet their full potential.

“Increasing health conscious and food safety demands have prompted the company to plan for more healthy goods, which it will reach 30% of its new products this year.”

Dansermsuk added: “Increasing health conscious and food safety demands have prompted the company to plan for more healthy goods, which it will reach 30% of its new products this year following the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”

The energy saving facilities have a solar rooftop, solar hot water, and equipment worth around THB1.35bn ($42m).

It is also certified by the Food and Drug Administration, thereby ensuring the manufacturing quality.

The centre will be able to develop products to cater to quick changes in consumer demands.

CP Foods’ research and development is also focusing on food biotechnology by applying enzymes and microorganism to boost the quality of products.

The centre is focused on sustainable packaging development to reduce environmental impacts.

In the first quarter of 2019, CP Foods plans to launch a range of ‘smart’ products, including smart meal, which is a vegetarian product made from high-fibre grain, tofu, vegetables and other natural ingredients, smart soup, which is a healthy soup made from 100% natural ingredients, smart sauce, which is a sriracha sauce made of red chili, rice vinegar and sea salt, and smart drink, a functional beverage range.

In September 2017, CP Foods incorporated new practices to minimise the use of water and energy in its production line to address climate change.