03 Issues & Trends
Cereal Foods World, Vol. 63, No. 6
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Innovation Inside Ingredient Companies: Opportunities across a Global Supply Chain
Brian Nash1
Ingredion Incorporated, Indianapolis, IN, U.S.A.
1 E-mail: brian.nash@ingredion.com; Tel: +1.317.295.3556; Fax: +1.317.295.4121.

Abstract

Ingredion is a leading global ingredient solutions provider that processes grains, fruits, vegetables, and other plant materials into ingredients that enhance our customers’ products. As a supplier to the food, beverage, papermaking, animal nutrition, and other industries, Ingredion is frequently asked to support the overall sustainability strategies of our customers. One of the most common topics of engagement with our customers concerns sustainable sourcing of the crops we purchase to manufacture our products. Implementing a sustainable agriculture program across multiple geographic locations is challenging, and a level of creativity and innovation is required to develop a program that will work, for example, in Thailand as well as the United States. This article focuses on the complexity inherent in developing a global sustainable agriculture program, describes the types of hurdles Ingredion has run into along the way, and highlights how the company was able to start making progress in its sustainable agriculture program through collaboration with our growers around the globe. Key steps for other organizations looking to implement similar programs within their supply chains are also outlined.





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