Taste and ingredient solutions supplier Flavorchem announced the opening of a new thermal processing pilot plant at its Downers Grove, IL location. The fully automated unit features new production capabilities and areas for extractions and experimental technologies.
“We are privileged to work with some of the most progressive and dynamic companies in our industry and are thrilled to be able to take them to the next level with our pilot plant,” Ken Malinowski, president of Flavorchem, said in a recent release. “Our pilot plant was designed with flexibility, scalability, and will further advance our capabilities to be a valued extension of our customers’ R&D and commercialization processes.”
Flavorchem’s new pilot facility enables the company to simulate HTST, UHT, and aseptic conditions with both indirect heating and direct steam injection. The space is expandable to allow customers to use specific processing equipment. A clean fill hood for hot items and a cold-fill system for glass and plastic bottles is housed at the site, along with an aseptic bag filler.
“It’s been a pleasure to oversee the development and utilization of our brand-new pilot plant facility,” said Blake Wester, innovation and technology manager for Flavorchem, in a statement. “Our specialized equipment allows us to explore cutting-edge flavor technology to test flavors, extracts, and ingredients in different finished applications and provides our customers the opportunity to test their products on a pilot scale before they scale up into production.”
Equipment in the pilot lab can be used with a variety of product types, including beverages, ice cream, sauces, yogurt, and syrups.