A New Appreciation
For Product Innovation
Jesse Osborne, Editor
New food and beverage products don’t just show up on store shelves. They are carefully designed, developed, tested and tasted before
Frankly, I never spent much time considering
everything that goes into introducing a new food or
beverage product to the marketplace when doing my
grocery shopping. But my perspective has certainly
changed since taking over the editorial reigns of Food
Manufacturing in the summer of 2014.
I’ve had the opportunity to visit a number of food and beverage manufacturers over
the last four years, and a constant theme during those visits is a focus on new product
development and responding to consumer trends and demands.
In mid-April, I visited the Kraft Heinz Innovation Center in Glenview, Illinois. The
400,000-square-foot facility, which underwent a multimillion dollar renovation in 2016,
is one of two primary hubs of innovation and product development for Kraft Heinz,
which is the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world.
The Kraft Heinz Innovation Center, which houses approximately 350 food
scientists, includes 85,000 square feet of pilot plant space in addition to a variety
of laboratories and spaces devoted to every aspect of innovation and product
development: packaging, material evaluation, sensory and consumer testing, concept
kitchens and more.
“We’ve got all the capabilities one would need to be able to deliver innovation and
quality products to our consumers, all housed here,” says Michelle St. Jacques, Head
of U.S. Brand and R&D at Kraft Heinz.
If you’re interested in finding out more about what goes on at the Kraft Heinz
Innovation Center, you’re in luck. The facility will be featured in an upcoming issue
FM Visits Thailand
This issue of FM features some international flavor courtesy of Contributing Editor
Mike Hockett. Hockett, who serves as editor for FM sister publications IMPO and
Industrial Distribution, traveled to Thailand in March to take part in a media tour
hosted by the Thailand Board of Investment designed to highlight a number of the
country’s manufacturing and logistics facilities.
The media tour included a visit to CPRAM’s Chonburi Province production facility.
CPRAM is the largest producer and distributor of ready-to-eat food in Thailand, and the
company’s product offerings include frozen meals, buns, Siu Mai, rice balls and sushi.
Included in this issue is a photo essay from the visit (Pages 10-13) that provides a
closer look at CPRAM’s Chonburi Province location, which opened in 2013.
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