When delivering product development services, FIRSt will integrate food science applied research, culinary arts expertise and product development experience with our cutting-edge research laboratories, test kitchens and equipment. Our produce development services includes:
Concept Ideation Services, including recipe development
The FIRSt team will create a new recipe or adapt an existing one to meet specific dietary and nutritional needs while maintaining the good taste profile. Examples of requirements we have met are recipes that are gluten-free, dairy-free, low sodium, low fat, low sugar and carbohydradtes, organic and locally grown.
Prototype Development and Testing
FIRSt will turn your idea into reality by creating a prototype of your product that you can taste, touch, smell and share. In developing the prototype, we’ll also consider new and novel ingredients to demonstrate its impact on the product and its profile. As the prototype gets developed, you will give feedback on all aspects to ensure the product meets your requirements.
Shelf Life Optimization
Shelf life optimization is very important when getting a retailer to carry your product. The team will evaluate your formulation, ingredient selection, preparation and packaging and will test changes to these characteristics to find the most optimal way to extend your product’s shelf life.
Plant Trial Support
Scaling up from kitchen scale to manufacturing scale will require some changes to your formulation as new equipment and new suppliers may change how your product looks, feels and tastes at the end of the process. The FIRSt team can prepare you for this transition and make the move to manufacture easy.