Univar Solutions to collaborate with The Hatchery Chicago to open North American Food Solution Center

The Hatchery Chicago is now home to Univar Solution’s new Food Solution Center, part of a specialized network of Solution Centers throughout the world.

Univar Solutions Inc. (Downers Grove, IL) has announced a collaboration with The Hatchery Chicago, a nonprofit food business incubator, to foster food and beverage innovation. The Hatchery Chicago is now home to Univar Solution’s new Food Solution Center, part of a specialized network of Solution Centers throughout the world. The Food Solution Centers include formulation labs, research and development centers and test kitchens that help deliver innovative solutions across a range of industries.

"At Univar Solutions, what we do is rooted in our purpose to help keep our communities healthy, fed, clean and safe. Launching a new Food Solution Center and sponsoring The Hatchery Chicago demonstrates our commitment to support local communities at the growing epicenter of food ingredient innovation," said Kevin Hack, vice president of global food ingredients at Univar Solutions, in a press release. "As collaboration and innovation are at the heart of our Solution Centers, we are thrilled to be a part of the entrepreneurial and creative collaboration happening within this exciting development hub, to help our suppliers and customers find their next sustainable food innovation."

The Hatchery Chicago is one of the largest food and beverage incubators in the U.S. It is dedicated to the advancement of women owned and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color owned businesses, helping community resident entrepreneurs build and grow successful food and beverage business, as well as provide job training and placement. Univar will help support this mission while working closely with its customers, suppliers, and local food and beverage community to nurture creative problem-solving to deliver innovative formulations that will help brands of all sizes grow and thrive.

"Our food scientists and technical specialists look forward to bringing better products to market at Univar Solutions' first dedicated Food Solution Center in North America," said Andrew Mint, PhD, director, global Solution Centers. "Having both culinary chefs and culinary development scientists collaborating under one roof will help take customer projects to the next level, driving technical excellence within the North America food industry and globally as we deliver innovative solutions together."