The Food Innovation Centre, which is open to companies and initiatives operating in the food and beverage sector, was established at TÜBİTAK MAM (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkiye, Marmara Research Centre) in Gebze district of Kocaeli province. Providing a technological infrastructure to design, develop and analyze innovative products of the sector, the Centre draws attention with its advanced technology features.
As part of Turkiye’s largest food R&D and innovation project INNOFOOD, the Food Innovation Centre and the Turkish Food Innovation Platform (TÜGİP) were established under the leadership of TÜBİTAK. The centre and platform became operational within the scope of the Competitive Sectors Programme with the co-financing of the European Union and the Republic of Turkiye and the support of the Ministry of Industry and Technology.
“We will make our country the production base of the world in food production”
Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank, who opened the Centre at the Marmara Research Center (MAM) in TÜBİTAK’s Gebze campus, said, “For the first time, we have succeeded in providing our country with an infrastructure with this scope and extensive opportunities for the food industry. With this facility and platform, we wish that the R&D and co-development culture in the food and beverage industry will increase and value-added products will be developed.”
Emphasizing that it is now a necessity to ramp up sustainability and efficiency in food production, Varank added, “We will further develop this potential by using the opportunities offered by the new world order and we will make our country a production base of the world in food production, along with all production areas.”