Ornua have opened a new Research and Development Centre on Monday at its Ornua Ingredientes España headquarters in Ávila, Spain.

The company says the opening of this facility has strengthened its position as a global provider of innovative cheese solutions to the quick service restaurant and food service sectors.

Speaking at the launch Ornua CEO, Kevin Lane highlighted the importance of this new venture.

“We are delighted to be re-affirming our commitment to the Spanish market, which we see as offering great growth opportunity for Ornua.

“Investment in new product development will allow us to build on that, enabling us to more effectively meet the changing needs of our customers and to target new markets.”

According to Ornua the venture will allow its Spanish arm to further develop and provide cheese solutions, particularly for the pizza sector.

“Since acquiring the business in 2014 we have strengthened our position in the Spanish market by building a significant manufacturing, trading and sales hub to service our growing Southern Europe customer base,” he said.

It says that this investment will complement similar investments the company has made in the Middle East, US and UK.

Ornua say’s the Spanish business is focused on increasing its scale in the southern-European market through customer-led innovation. The state-of-the-art centre enhances the business’s ability to develop new product lines and formats for existing and new customers.