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The Food Processing Center offers innovative scale-up of bench top concepts at our pilot plant facilities that help identify and solve processing issues before you invest in full-scale production. Our Food Grade Pilot Plant allows you to use prototypes and samples for actual tasting. Our facilities provide for processing of products in every major food group: grains, cereals, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and meat and poultry. We can bring in rental equipment or new equipment prototypes!
This service is provided to food manufacturers interested in saving development time and money. Due to extreme cost and time delays in development of new food products on manufacturing equipment, a client can use the resources at the Food Processing Center to batch up pilot plant volumes of the product to use for marketing research, analytical testing, shelf-life or packaging studies, ingredient qualifications, and challenge studies.
How We Can Help
Our experienced staff includes food scientists, marketing professionals, and processing experts, which have unlimited access to the expertise of faculty members, including a Process Control Authority can assist you in this process. Process development may require the following steps to help a client produce a product in a more economical and time saving environment. Some of the steps in the process development service are:
- Industrial ingredient sourcing
- Formulation development to meet to requirements of the processing equipment
- Help sourcing co-pack facilities that can meet your processing needs
- Final formulations with product specifications to use as a starting point for full-scale production