Asian Dairy Giant Yili Opens New Innovation Center in the Netherlands

State-of-the-art facility on the Wageningen University and Research campus is the base for Yili’s European R&D

On 12 September, Yili, the largest dairy company in Asia, opened its new Innovation Center Europe in the Netherlands. The new facility is located in the PlusUltra building on the campus of Wageningen University and Research. From here, Yili will coordinate its European R&D activities.

The opening event carrying the theme ‘Connect to Innovate’ was attended by a large Chinese delegation and  international representatives from over 40 universities, knowledge institutes and companies.

New center reaffirms commitment to the Dutch dairy ecosystem

The new center replaces Yili’s original European Innovation Centre which was opened in Wageningen, the Netherlands in 2014. It was the first foreign innovation centre of the Chinese dairy sector, and was set up with the aim of expanding and strengthening cooperation with European companies, the Netherlands China Business Council, universities and research institutes.

During the opening event the CEO’s of Yili and Wageningen University and Research shared their views on the importance of international cooperation in the dairy sector. The mayor of Wageningen underlined the importance of the Yili Innovation Center Europe for the region.

To mark the importance of research in food and nutrition, a PhD award was granted to a promising PhD student who carried out an excellent study in the field.

Hubs for international cooperation in dairy sector

Since 2016, Yili also has an R&D center in New Zealand, from where it coordinates activities for the Oceania region. Yili regards its R&D centers as the pillars of its innovation network where it works intensively with regional partners along the value chain in the fields of nutrition and health, product and process technology, food safety and farm management.

About Yili

Yili Industrial Group Co., Ltd is Asia’s largest dairy producer. The company was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in Hohhot, the capital of the Chinese autonomous region of Inner Mongolia.

Source: Yili

13 September 2018


De Chinese zuivelgigant Yili opende op 12 september een nieuw kantoor in Wageningen. Het kantoor is gevestigd in het PlusUltra gebouw op de campus van Wageningen Universiteit en Research. Het zogeheten Yili Innovation Center Europe maakt onderdeel uit van het grootste zuivelbedrijf van Azië.

In het kader van de opening van het kantoor werd er op 12 september een internationaal  Opening Event georganiseerd met het thema: ”Connect to Innovate”. Tijdens het event zullen de CEO’s van Yili en Wageningen Universiteit en Research hun visie delen over het belang van internationale samenwerkingen op het gebied van zuivel.

Het event werd bijgewoond door een grote Chinese delegatie, ook waren er vertegenwoordigers van ruim veertig verschillende universiteiten, the Netherlands China Business Council, kennisinstituten en bedrijven aanwezig zijn.


Het Chinese Yili opende in 2014 zijn eerste buitenlandse zuivelfabriek in Nieuw-Zeeland en is in 2014 gestart met het Europese Innovatie centrum in Nederland. Dit is het eerste buitenlandse Innovatie centrum. Het doel hiervan is om de samenwerkingen met Europese bedrijven , universiteiten en onderzoeksinstituten op meerder manieren uit te breiden


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