Ingredient manufacturer, Kemin Industries, has invested $1.5 million to open a Bakery Innovation Centre to accelerate product development.
Based at the company’s Des Moines, Iowa HQ, the site combines R&D support and expertise, laboratory services and an in-house bakery pilot plant, allowing bakery and snack manufacturers to expedite commercialisation of new bakery products.
The expansion also includes the launch of batch packs, premixes, emulsifiers and enzyme blends specific to flatbreads and baked goods.
“This centre expands our bakery footprint and introduces new capabilities made possible with the latest technology and a dedicated team of experts,” said Courtney Schwartz, Marketing Director of Kemin Food Technologies.
“Investing in and expanding our team of bakery experts was just as important as building this facility because we are working together with our customer-partners to develop a new generation of bakery products that are sure to exceed consumers’ expectations.”
She added: “The Bakery Innovation Centre gives us a way to screen and test all new ingredient solutions and processing parameters to ensure success, which is really exciting,” said Anita Srivastava, Senior Product Development Manager – Bakery Applications, Kemin Food Technologies.
She added that it “brings together our scientists from different areas to learn and evaluate the commercial process in house, saving time and creating cost advantages, as extensive travel is no longer required. Now, we do not have to wait for a commercial facility to become available in order to run trials.”