Flavorchem has introduced its new pilot plant at the company's Downers Grove campus. The fully automated plant utilizes the latest in thermal processing capabilities and features three spaces for extractions and experimental technologies.
The new thermal processing unit is designed to allow Flavorchem to simulate HTST, UHT and aseptic conditions with both indirect heating and direct steam injection and is fully expandable to allow for customer-specific equipment to be used and additional processing equipment to be added. Filling capabilities include a clean fill hood for hot- and cold-fill of glass and plastic bottles along with an aseptic bag filler. The equipment can run a variety of products including beverages, syrups, fillings, sauces, ice cream and yogurt.
Ken Malinowski, president of Flavorchem, said, “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. 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.”
Blake Wester, Innovation and Technology manager at Flavorchem, said, “It’s been a pleasure to oversee the development and utilization of our brand-new pilot plant facility. 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.”