Manildra bakery center
Manildra's new Leawood, Kas. headquarters features an Innovation Center.

LEAWOOD, KAS. — Manildra Group USA has relocated its North American headquarters to Leawood. The new headquarters features an Innovation Center, which provides the resources for research ranging from ingredient process development to finished food products.

“This new location provides the needed space to grow our team and better support our customers,” said Neal Bassi, president of Manildra Group USA.

“By creating a highly collaborative environment we can bring together our quality control, ingredient expertise and finished product application knowledge in a way that gives our customers a competitive advantage,” Mr. Bassi said. “As we all address consumer demands in this changing marketplace we are now able to collaborate with food manufacturers from beginning to end on products ranging from organic to clean label to high protein.”

Manildra said the Innovation Center allows it to streamline time to market for both new ingredients and customer initiatives. The center has many capabilities, including ingredient quality testing, bake testing and finished product analysis. The bakery in the Innovation Center is able to produce a variety of food products, including bread, cakes, tortillas, nutrition bars and snacks, Manildra said.