As part of the strategic move to increase its regional technical footprint, IMCD has launched a UHT pasteurisation laboratory in Jakarta, Indonesia. The facility is designed to support complex ingredient formulations in the application of dairy, beverages and soups.
The new UHT laboratory is fitted with equipment that allows IMCD’s customers to run trials and develop formulations together with the IMCD technical team. This will provide greater flexibility for customers to innovate without having to interrupt their daily operations.
The facility can manage a wide range of viscosity from beverages to sauces and soups, and is equipped with an external chiller allowing cold filling temperature down to 20-degree Celsius. It has an enclosed homogenising system for both upstream and downstream processing, and is equipped with a multi sample preparation batch allowing for different formulations to be prepared simultaneously.
Koh Wanlin, regional technical manager, IMCD Food & Nutrition Asia-Pacific, said: “One of our key focus is the retention of nutrients in the product under high temperature processing. Our technical team has the expertise to help our partners overcome this challenge.”
Besides customer trials, the technical team will also concentrate on concepts of shelf stable dairy and dairy alternative beverages. The concept application will be later extended to savoury products such as soups and sauces that can be kept at room temperature for an extended period.
Emmanuel Colette, regional business director at IMCD Food & Nutrition Asia-Pacific, concluded: “With more than 29% of consumers globally view health aspects as an important factor when purchasing food and beverage, dairy and beverages have become one of the key categories in the development of health and wellness related products in Asia-Pacific.
“With IMCD’s new UHT pilot facility, our customers have now access to support from our technical team to speed-up their innovative developments, and shorten their route-to-market with a collaborative agile approach.”