Today’s business environment is centered around improving efficiency and saving time and costs within processing facilities. The main challenge is the definition of an acceptable business case, be it for optimization of existing productions or for investments in new processes.

NIZO facilitates R&D trajectories within production companies throughout varying stages of technical readiness using in-house processing experts and Europe’s largest independent food grade pilot plant.

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Speed your route to market

In today’s fast-moving food market, there is huge demand for new ingredients and new food products. And that, in turn, means you need new, adapted or optimized food production processes. Naturally, the end result must taste, look, feel and smell right – but cost and time-to-market are also critical to success.

The NIZO food grade pilot plant

The NIZO food grade pilot plant for a stable supply of key ingredients is open! Measures have been taken to work safely, also during these challenging times. Our equipment is up and running and our scientists and operators are stand-by.

Process Design and Optimization

Both in designing new processes and optimizing existing ones, the main challenge is in understanding the underlying product-process interactions. This understanding allows for an effective and structured approach in terms of aimed experimentation, model predictions and continuous validation and optimization. Our experts can support your R&D and operations teams in both process/product development and optimization. In addition, we offer extensive lab and pilot capabilities.

Trials/validation and scaling-up

Getting from small scale trials and experiments to full-scale production can be quite a challenge. Lab conditions can differ greatly from actual production in terms of the conditions affecting the product (e.g. temperature distributions and pressure). To ensure a successful scale-up trajectory, NIZO offers varying tools in terms of multi-scale equipment for validation, and modelling for experimental design and process dimensioning. One such an example in production is heat treatment. To ensure a safe product with adequate shelf-life, heat treatment is the most reliable and most validated method. To tailor this to your situation, our experts on microbial inactivation and process-product interactions evaluate your process using in-house modelling tools. For validation, we have a large range of heat treatment equipment available, both on pilot scale from 100-10.000 L/h, and on lab scale from microliters to liters.

Contract Manufacturing

Be it from time constraints or simply a lack of production capacity in either volume or process specifications, NIZO’s pilot facility may offer a solution. With processing units for heat treatment, concentration and drying, with the added option of customizing with modular equipment, NIZO’s processing center can mimic your existing our envisioned process to produce bulk commercial product or validation material for further testing.

Even after you finish your product and process design we can offer support in getting your product to market successfully. We are experienced in setting up clinical trials and sensory tests. Additionally, we have an in-house testing panel with specially selected and trained tasters.

Your ingredients can be applied in products ranging from drinks, to cheese, soups, sauces, margarines ice-cream and more. As such, we can support you in all aspects of your product and process development trajectory.

Any questions?

Peter Heusinkveld is happy to answer all your questions.

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