CP Kelco, a global leader of nature-based ingredient solutions, has announced the launch of a new global innovation centre, adding to the company’s growing network of innovation and technical support facilities around the world. The Atlanta, Georgia-based innovation centre is designed as an open, collaborative space for scientists and customers alike to engage in ingredient research, problem-solving, development and pilot plant scale-up of food, beverage, home care, personal care and other consumer and industrial products.
Strategically located within CP Kelco’s US-based corporate headquarters, the 24,000 square-foot innovation centre joins three other global innovation centres (Brazil; California, USA; and Denmark) and four additional regional application lab facilities (China, Dubai, India and Singapore) as part of CP Kelco’s robust network of innovation capabilities and technical experts.
Unique to the new innovation centre are labs devoted to microbiology, fermentation science, and consumer and industrial applications development. The centre also houses research and development labs, a food and beverage pilot plant to support customers with production scale-up, and a sensory evaluation space to conduct sensory studies for understanding consumer perceptions and preferences.
One of the most striking features of the new innovation centre is a large chef’s kitchen and open meeting space with sweeping skyline views. This highly customizable space is well-appointed with videoconferencing and collaboration technology for workshops and other forums.
Staffed with a team of more than 20 scientists and application specialists, the new centre is open for customer visits and working sessions, in accordance with all recommended guidelines from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).