Blue Pacific Flavors opens expanded R&D lab

August 9, 2017

Organic flavor and ingredient manufacturer Blue Pacific Flavors has announced the opening of its new research and development laboratory, the Flavor Creation and Culinary Innovation Center. The lab handles all product development and flavor creation for the company’s global operations in the United States and Asia.

The $1.5 million expansion, which doubled the space to 3,100 sq ft, will increase the company’s application, creation, sensory testing, and compliance capabilities for natural and organic flavor and finished food development. The investment includes labs and offices for quality assurance, quality control, regulatory/product safety, research and development.

The new facility provides a collaborative space for clients to create clean label, plant-based, natural, and organic food and beverage applications. Processing capabilities include a MicroThermics Steam Injection System with in-line homogenization and UHT clean-fill to provide a streamlined path to market for new food and beverage products.

“Our vision was to build a world-class innovation center to be the core of our organization,” said Donald Wilkes, CEO of Blue Pacific Flavors. “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 flavors 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.

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