Rubix Foods, a culinary and food science-focused provider of flavours and functional ingredients for restaurants and food manufacturers has announced the opening of its new Innovation Center on 20 September.
The 50,000 square foot facility is tailor made to streamline and accelerate the innovation process on behalf of its customers, which includes international food brands.
“Here we have all the talent, technology and tools to deliver food innovation from research to rollout, all under one roof at unparalleled speed – a fully commercialised formula ready in days rather than months,” said Andy Block, CEO of Rubix Foods.
Inside the centre includes a show kitchen, for in-person and virtual demonstrations, an R&D lab for development and evaluation, an R&D test kitchen with equipment to mimic customers’ operations, pilot plants to simulate manufacturing, consumer insight facilities and a quality assurance lab for food safety capabilities.
“We’re here for collaboration, not credit. The Rubix Foods Innovation Center was built as much for our customers as it was for us. We tell them, ‘this is (y)our Innovation Center’ and we encourage them to visit us to take full advantage of the tools and talent available to them here,” added Mr Block.
Arbor Investments announced its investment and partnership with Rubix Foods in April 2019. After closing the partnership, both companies broke ground on the new facility in October 2020 and rebranded the company from Darifair Foods to Rubix Foods in October 2021.
“Today’s ribbon cutting of this impressive building marks a significant milestone in the evolution of Rubix Foods,” said Arbor Investments Partner, Alan Weed. “From the onset of our investment, we recognized that the company was an epicenter of truly innovative food technology but lacked a world-class facility to foster in-person problem solving with customers. Based on the overwhelming positive response and new projects initiated from recent customer visits, the investment in the new Innovation Center is already paying dividends for Rubix and its customers.”
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