Fonterra has invested $2.4 million in the state-of-the-art facility, which applies
“Our investment in the CTC reinforces Fonterra’s commitment to the
The CTC houses advanced processing equipment, a sample analysis lab and an ingredient supply site. Fonterra officials expect the facility – which officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 30 – to eventually grow into a major sensory application center. The CTC staff expects to ship out the facility’s first product samples in about two weeks.
Keith Schafer, Fonterra USA’s vice president of technical development, said the staff of 15 employed at the center will assist Fonterra’s customers, partners and scientists in defining products using Fonterra specialty ingredients in formulating retail and foodservice products. “The center will allow Fonterra to work directly with our North American customers, which range from the five largest food companies to smaller regional firms,” Schafer said. “Fonterra IP and technology will be demonstrated at the facility. Staff will also work with universities and outside laboratories, as needed, on customer projects.”
Fonterra’s functional dairy proteins and leading ingredients in several application areas. Its customers include HP Hood, Nestlé and Unilever.
Recent Fonterra launches in the North American market have been the PowerProteins range for improved bar functionality and flavor; clear, clean-flavored whey-based beverage ingredients; specialty milk protein concentrates for the cheese and yogurt industries to improve yields and textures; and a number of hydrolysates for the pediatric nutrition area.
Just four months ago, Fonterra