Blue Pacific expands laboratory for flavour
Blue Pacific Flavors lab technicians creating flavors in new Flavor Creation & Culinary Innovation Center, pictured in front of the Kardex Remstar high density storage for flavors and raw materials. Photo credit: Mike Marshall (PRNewsfoto/Blue Pacific Flavors)
Organic flavour and ingredient manufacturer Blue Pacific Flavors has announced the opening of its new research and development laboratory, the Flavour Creation and Culinary Innovation Centre. The lab is responsible for all product development and flavour creation for the company’s global operations in the US and Asia.
Blue Pacific develops natural, organic and organic compliant fruit and sweet flavours for a range of food applications including: beverages, fruit preparations, dairy (yogurt and milk), plant-based milks, ice cream, frozen desserts, bakery and nutritional foods and confectionery products.
The opening comes after a $1.5 million (€1.3m) expansion that doubled the space to 3,100 square feet. The centre will increase the company’s application, creation, sensory testing and compliance capabilities for natural and organic flavour and finished food development.
The investment includes labs and offices for quality assurance, quality control, regulatory/product safety, research and development, and new equipment such as a pilot spray dryer and Kardex Remstar high density storage for flavours and raw materials.
Processing capabilities include a microthermics steam injection system with in-line homogenisation and UHT clean-fill to provide a streamlined path to market for new food and beverage products.
Donald Wilkes, CEO of Blue Pacific Flavors, says, “Our vision was to build a world-class innovation center to be the core of our organisation. It is a reflection of the food manufacturing renaissance taking place in southern California and our commitment to meet the needs of a growing organic flavours business.”
The company has added staff in regulatory and quality control and plans to hire additional positions in research and development. The next phase of the investment will include the purchase of additional analytical equipment to support enhanced food safety and quality testing.