Flavorchem opens new pilot plant with state-of-the-art equipment, capabilities

The fully automated, custom-designed plant utilizes the latest in thermal-processing capabilities and features three dedicated spaces for extractions and experimental technologies.

Flavorchem (Downers Grove, IL) opened a pilot plant at its Downers Grove campus. The fully automated, custom-designed plant utilizes the latest in thermal-processing capabilities and features three dedicated spaces for extractions and experimental technologies. Flavorchemcan simulate HTST, UHT, and aseptic conditions with both indirect heating and direct steam injection. The plant also has filling capabilities that include a clean fill hood for hot- and cold-fill of glass bottles, plastic bottles, and an aseptic bag filler.

“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 press 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.”

Blake Wester, innovation & technology manager at Flavorchem, said in a press release that its 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.”

The equipment can run a variety of products including beverages, syrups, fillings, sauces, ice cream, and yogurt.