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Cargill Strengthens its Cocoa and Chocolate R&D Capabilities

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Cargill Strengthens its Cocoa and Chocolate R&D Capabilities

Cargill Strengthens its Cocoa and Chocolate R&D Capabilities
May 13
10:40 2014

Cargill’s cocoa & chocolate business has appointed Willem van der Meijs to the role of Research & Development Manager. In this new role, Willem van der Meijs will focus on new product development and further establish Cargill’s expertise and know-how around cocoa and chocolate product innovation.

Willem Van der Meijs, who comes to Cargill from Danone’s Medical Nutrition Division, says: “This is an exciting time to join Cargill and help further unleash the great potential of its products and people. We can see the growing need from within the industry to constantly and rapidly address evolving consumer demand. This is an opportunity for us to share our innovation capabilities and insights in consumption trends. It is our ambition to partner with our customers to help them achieve their ambitions to create, improve and revise their product and service offerings.”

Willem van der Meijs.

In addition, Cargill’s cocoa & chocolate R&D function welcomes Miriam van Wanroij as the new manager in product and process development (PPD), undertaking fundamental, long-term R&D projects, and Barry Doesburg as the manager coatings and fillings within the technical services team (TS), which engages with customers in new product design.

 Commenting on the step change taking place in the R&D department, Jos de Loor, President, Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate, says: “The appointment of Willem van der Meijs, along with the other new colleagues demonstrates the resources Cargill’s cocoa and & chocolate business is putting into R&D in Europe. We have an unwavering focus on supporting our customers and transforming our knowledge into applied expertise to meet their challenges.”

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