Doehler, a global producer of natural ingredients, ingredient systems and integrated solutions for the food and beverage industry, opened a new office and lab hub in North Brunswick, N.J. The recently inaugurated facility is a state-of-the-art center for taste with a focus on flavor and taste modulation innovation. 

Doehler hosted its ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 26. With a team of experienced flavorists, food scientists, and taste specialists on hand, this new facility will allow Doehler to leverage its 185 years of global experience in the ingredients industry and well-established thought leadership in the German and European natural flavors market to the United States with an agile and visionary approach, focusing on their customer’s needs.

Doehler's North Brunswick hub will offer more than 12,000 square feet of laboratory space including a flavor analytics laboratory equipped with both volatile and non-volatile capabilities, as well as a functional extraction laboratory.

“We are thrilled to share that Doehler's North Brunswick hub is featuring in-house sensory screening capabilities with expert panels," said Deborah Kennison, R&D vice president at Doehler in North America. "This, combined with the expertise of our global sensory team allows us to provide our customers with lab to industrial-scale solutions spanning the entire spectrum from flavor, functional ingredients and foodstuff to finished products with advantaged economics." 

The site will also act as an east coast hub for Doehler Ventures, which supports early-stage start-ups, currently located in Los Angeles. 

“Our investment in the North Brunswick hub reflects our commitment to meeting the evolving needs of the U.S. food and beverage industry. We feel that Doehler is well positioned to help our customers stay ahead of the curve in a rapidly changing market,” stated Paul Graham, Cluster Americas CEO at Doehler.

North Brunswick was chosen as the ideal location for this new hub, thanks to its status as a global center of innovation and technology. It is home to 13 of the world's leading technology companies and boasts 3,280 research and development establishments. Additionally, North Brunswick is in close proximity to world-renowned universities such as Rutgers University, Princeton University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology; and has the highest concentration of scientists and engineers in the region, with over 225,000 professionals in the field.

As part of the new hub, Doehler has imminent plans to utilize ultramodern sampling technology, where customers can enjoy faster, more agile, and higher-quality sampling. This will provide Doehler’s customers with a significant competitive advantage. In addition to the new North Brunswick hub, Doehler also plans to expand its Cartersville plant. The expansion will include an automated flavor production facility and bring additional capacity, customer-facing meeting spaces, and administrative offices.