Kalsec® expands innovation capacity with the opening of Don Berdahl Center for New Technology

Left to right: Dr. Scott Nykaza, Kalsec’s chief executive officer; Martha Todd, Chair of the Board of Directors; Dr. Don Berdahl; Dr. Roger Nahas, senior vice-president of Global Research & Development; and Dr. Jim Barren, vice-president of Global Manufacturing; cutting the ceremonial ribbon.

Kalsec®, a leading global producer of natural spice and herb extracts, colours, food protection and hop extracts for the food and beverage industry, celebrated the opening of its newest facility with a dedication ceremony on Thursday, 22 July 2021. The Don Berdahl Center for New Technology is named in honour of Dr Don Berdahl, who retired as the company’s chief technical officer in 2019. Kalsec has invested over $10m in the project, which will support deeper collaboration with its customers to deliver on consumer demands for natural and sustainable foods and beverages.

The new 6,500 sq. ft. technology centre is staffed with a variety of resident scientists and visiting product developers to explore and test ground-breaking opportunities in green technology, biotransformation and natural ingredient production. This unique facility also enables new product discovery, advanced application testing and process engineering advancements.

“Kalsec is proud to expand our innovation ecosystem with the Don Berdahl Center for New Technology,” said Dr Roger Nahas, senior vice-president of Global Research & Development. “This facility enables our internationally diverse team of scientists from multiple disciplines to develop more breakthrough natural solutions for the food industry at an even faster rate.”

Don Berdahl, PhD, joined Kalsec in 1994. His most recent role was executive vice-president of research strategy and chief technical officer, where he focused on building Kalsec’s research strategy through business acquisitions and new technology. Berdahl is an inventor of numerous patents and led the commercialisation efforts of various technologies at Kalsec, including rosemary extract for extending the shelf-life of ground meat, zeaxanthin for eye health from orange paprika, and advanced hops products for the brewing industry, to name a few.

“This new technology centre is instrumental to Kalsec’s long-term growth strategy,” said Dr Scott Nykaza, Kalsec’s chief executive officer. “We are honoured to dedicate the space to Don’s legacy, which has made such a significant impact on our people, our purpose and our potential.”

Kalsec is planning an open house at the Don Berdahl Center for New Technology at a later date. Employees and guests will be welcome to visit at that time.