Autocrat Natural Ingredients, Lincoln, R.I., opened a research and development lab and a consumer research office in the Boston area this year. Autocrat is a supplier of coffee and tea extracts and natural ingredients used in foods and beverages. Applications include ice cream, yogurt, iced cappuccino, ready-to-drink beverages and other products.
The 1,300-square-foot R&D Lab has a staff of six that includes trained sensory experts. The lab is fully equipped for technical development of new food and beverage products. The lab is certified by the Safe Quality Foods Institute, the Rainforest Alliance, the Fair Trade Federation, the Organic Trade Association, the American Halal Association, and OU Kosher. The consumer research building has kitchen space to support preparation of samples for taste testing.
Autocrat CEO Patrick Holmes said the company intends to help customers "develop and launch breakthrough new food and beverage products."