EUSTIS, FLA. — Florida Meals Merchandise (FFP) is accelerating its clear label meals safety capabilities with a brand new innovation heart and lab at its headquarters in Eustis, Fla. The ability formally opened in early June and includes a microbiology lab, a dry product preparation room, a culinary kitchen, a pattern lab and a buyer demo house.
The innovation heart will accommodate extra scientists the corporate plans to usher in, stated Christopher Naese, vice chairman of enterprise improvement and sustainability at FFP.
“Once we made the choice to speed up our innovation course of, notably within the clear label meals safety class, we shortly realized we wanted an innovation heart that will provide this bodily house and extra technical capabilities to execute our plans,” he stated.
Pavan Soma, PhD, director of R&D at FFP, mapped out extra analytical and pilot-scale manufacturing gear wanted for the ability, together with a number of bioreactors and analyzers for coloration and texture in addition to natural acids, minerals and different molecules. The gear is predicted to cut back each scoping and prototype improvement time.
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