HIVE Foods Innovation Centre


Unilever HIVE is the global Unilever foods innovation centre in Wageningen, the Netherlands. An open innovation platform that accelerates exciting commercial opportunities for cooperation in the area of sustainable food production. In its energy neutral 18,000 sqm complex visitors will discover a Pilot Plant, a Food & Customer Experience and two floors of offices and labs. Sandenburg-DST contributed significantly to the realisation of Unilever HIVE.

Sandenburg-DST collaborated intensively with Unilever’s transformation team and the interior architect for three years. This collaboration included work on strategic principles, naming and brand identity, the physical end-to-end experience, re- and onboarding programs, and the Food Experience Kitchens.

Sandenburg-DST advised and guided Unilever throughout the building process to make HIVE a place that is truly open to outside visitors, scientists, start-ups and food retailers, inviting them to co-create. The end result is that ascertaining Unilever’s role as a key player in Wageningen Campus’s ecosystem.

The design team of Sandenburg-DST developed the experience design and spatial design for among others the common areas, reception, food market, Unilever channel showcases, townhall and the pitch podium.

We are now able to rapidly make prototypes in one location, for instance in the kitchen, labs or while factory testing. After that it’s off to consumer testing, innovation bootcamps and hackathons. This all leads to more rapid innovation.”

Serpil Tascioglu, Director Foods Innovation & Transformation 

Unilever HIVE

With its extensive reboarding and onboarding programmes all Unilever R&D employees moving to Wageningen were introduced to the building facilities and Wageningen Campus. The programmes extensively featured company culture, new ways of cooperation, the high level of ambition and the ever-increasing speed of innovations.

Project team

portret picture Rogier Sterk

Rogier Sterk

Director Concept Development

Portret picture Cristina Zanon

Cristina Zanon

Brand Design Lead

Arjan van Zeumeren

Experience Design Lead

portret fot Marie-Thérèse Thielen

Marie-Thérèse Thielen

Senior Project Manager

Jamie van de Bilt

Brand Designer

Markus Konings

CEO Sandenburg-DST

Rupert Parker Brady

Strategy Lead

Carmen Gilhuis

Experience Designer

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