Kemin Industries, a global ingredient manufacturer, has announced the opening of a new 2,300-sq-ft Bakery Innovation Center at its global headquarters in Des Moines. The $1.5-million investment was designed to inspire innovation within the bakery market, and includes all the equipment, capabilities, and bakery support team needed for Kemin and its customer-partners to accelerate product development.

The bakery expansion also includes the launch of batch packs, premixes, emulsifiers, and enzyme blends specific to flatbreads and baked goods. These products complement Kemin Food Technologies’ existing portfolio of plant extracts, antioxidants, and mold-inhibiting products to help manufacturers maintain safety and freshness. The dedicated Bakery Innovation Center combines R&D support and expertise, customer laboratory services, and an in-house bakery pilot plant, allowing bakery and snack manufacturers to expedite commercialization 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 Center gives us a way to screen and test all new ingredient solutions and processing parameters to ensure success, which is really exciting.”

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