Tulip International's purpose-built £2m NPD centre in Vejle, Denmark, opens on November 15. It will be dedicated entirely to developing retail products with pork, beef and poultry. A large meeting room will back on to a test kitchen. An adjoining 1,200 sq m pilot plant will be able to replicate factory conditions and turn out 200-300kg batches of product. "It will also give us a test bed for new machinery, which we can then transfer to the factory," Tulip International new product director Bent Olesen told The Grocer in Vejle, Denmark. "This will speed up the development process, potentially cutting a year's work to nearer six months." Tulip's Vehla Nord site produces a range of valeu added meat lines ­ including sliced cooked meats and canned products, including the Hormel brands Spam and Stagg Chilli. The new centre will bring NPD activity together under one roof and keep it away from manufacturing lines, simplifying both aspects of the business. {{MEAT }}

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