Florida Food Products (FFP), a clean label ingredient manufacturer that works with private brands, recently celebrated the official opening of its new Innovation Center and laboratory.
The new facility is located at FFP’s headquarters in Eustis, Fla., and includes a microbiology lab, dry products preparation room, culinary kitchen, sample lab and a customer demo space. Guests that attended the grand opening event on June 9 included representatives from the City of Eustis, Lake County Florida, the Chamber of Commerce, FFP’s Scientific Advisory Board members, representatives from the University of Florida, Keiser University, key local suppliers, neighbors and friends of FFP.
“When we made the decision to accelerate our innovation process, particularly in the clean label food protection category, we quickly realized we needed an Innovation Center that would offer this physical space and additional technical capabilities to execute our plans,” said Christopher Naese, Vice President of Business Development & Sustainability at FFP.
Having been in business for over 65 years, FFP has extensive manufacturing capabilities including extraction, fermentation, drying, and blending technologies, with vegetable juice concentrate production.
“We are thrilled that with the new lab, both scoping and prototype development time is reduced,” said Pavan Soma, PhD, Director of R&D at FFP. “The Innovation Center provides a modern, spacious lab that will be able to accommodate additional scientists we are looking to bring into the group."