Kemin Industries has invested $1.5 million in a new Bakery Innovation Centre at its headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa.
The facility is designed to inspire innovation within the bakery market and includes capabilities needed for Kemin and its customer-partners to accelerate product development.
Highlights of the 2,300-square-foot bakery centre include: an analytical lab, ingredient blending and small-batch capabilities, pilot-scale production capabilities, and an accelerated stability facility.
“This is a really exciting time for Kemin and our team as our new Bakery Innovation Centre opens,” said Courtney Schwartz, marketing director, Kemin Food Technologies.
“This centre expands our bakery footprint and introduces new capabilities made possible with the latest technology and a dedicated team of experts.”
According to Kemin, the centre combines R&D support, customer laboratory services and an in-house bakery pilot plant, allowing bakery and snack manufacturers to expedite commercialisation of new bakery products.
“Our new facility is a game-changer for our bakery business, as it gives us the opportunity to work more closely with our customer-partners,” said Anita Srivastava, senior product development manager – bakery applications, Kemin Food Technologies.
“We provide support to customers by helping them understand the process and science behind our ingredient solutions. 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.
“The Bakery Innovation Centre 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.”
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