The Dannon Co. opened a new research and development facility at its corporate headquarters in White Plains, N.Y. The $9 million facility occupies 14,000 square feet on the first floor of the headquarters.
Previously, the R&D team was based in Dannon’s pilot plant at its
Townsend, the senior director of R&D, called the innovation center a scalable “state-of-the-art processing facility” where Dannon can perform the batching, pasteurizing, fermenting, cool down and packing processes and procedures involved in yogurt making. The plant, which has an Interstate Milk Shippers certificate, will receive milk starting Sept. 2 and begin yogurt processing, Townsend said. Dannon will not be selling any product it makes here, however.
The 40 R&D center employees consist of technicians, product developers, sensory experts and scientists. A separate section of office space is reserved for suppliers who will work on-site with Dannon employees. This arrangement will “accelerate collaboration, spur innovation and ensure integration at every stage of the development process,” according to a press release.
Dannon, with 2010 sales of approximately $1.25 billion, ranks No. 24 on the Dairy 100, Dairy Foods’ annual ranking of North American dairy foods processors.