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In the Netherlands, Unilever has unveiled a new €85m food innovation centre, built in response, they say, to “major global food system challenges”. The facility, Hive, is located on the campus of Wageningen University amidst academic research facilities, start-ups and external partners. The area is known for breakthroughs in agri-food tech from the start-ups, science institutes, NGOs and companies that call the region, known as Food Valley, home. Being the Netherlands, it is not, of course a real valley. “We need a fundamental transformation of the food system if we are to feed more than 9 billion people sustainably and nutritiously,” explains Unilever CEO Alan Jope, who has obviously taken up the sustainability baton handed to him by Paul Polman. In Ghana – in completely unrelated Unilever news – MD Gladys Amoah has resigned from her position without giving reasons, along with a non-exec on the board, Yaw Nsarkoh. Ms Amoah, you may recall, did a spell as Customer Marketing Director for Hygiene in South Africa.
Comment: Unilever’s leadership in sustainable business has been a powerful force, highlighting the role that companies like this will have to play in the challenging decades to come.