Development of foods through to sample production

Food pilot plant

We help you develop high-quality food products. All process steps from the development stage right through to pilot production can be carried out in our food pilot plant facilities. We analyze the composition, functional properties, and sensory properties of raw materials and advise you about raw material selection. Working with you we help you develop new product concepts and optimize the relevant production processes. The advice we give you draws on the results of many of our own R&D projects. Our work focuses on the replacement of animal-based food ingredients by plant-based ingredient, fat/sugar/salt reduction in foods, and enrichment of foods with functional ingredients such as omega fatty acids and plant proteins. If desired we can assist you right through to the market introduction of your products. For all food products we also offer customized development of packaging systems.

In all our work we put utmost priority on product quality, product safety, and efficient use of resources.

Let us help you develop and optimize your products!

Our offer

 

  • Development and optimization of food products

  • Development of novel foods

  • Application of novel food ingredients

  • Reformulation of foods

  • Sample production from prototype scale to small pilot plant scale, in accordance with industrial standards

  • Development and optimization of food manufacturing processes, including advice on all aspects of food technology

 

 

 

Product development

 

Sample production
 
 

Process development

Your benefits

 

  • Full support from a single organization:
    Product development, process development, packaging development, analytics, and sensory evaluation

  • Fully equipped kitchen for processing and preparing test foods

  • Advice based on the latest R&D findings

  • Lower usage of raw materials because products are developed on a lab scale and small pilot plant scale

  • Customized adaptation of machinery and processing equipment in our own workshop

 

Food pilot plant – from prototype scale to sample production

Frischkäsealternative auf Basis von Pflanzenprotein

Plant-based alternatives to soft cheese for spreading on bread

Development of plant-based alternatives to dairy products

 

  • Development of plant-based alternatives to dairy products using, for example, sunflowers, peas, lupines, lentils, soy beans, cashew nuts, and almonds
  • Development of fermented, plant-based products such as yogurt, soft cheese and hard cheese using selected raw materials, processes, and microorganisms
  • Evaluation of key product properties such as texture, sensory properties, storage stability
UHT-Anlage zum Sterilisieren von Lebensmittel

UHT unit for the ultra high temperature treatment of foods

  • Pilot plant equipment: Dairy products
    • Sterile workbench
    • Pneumatic cheese press
    • Various climate chambers and incubating chambers
    • High pressure homogenizer
    • Laboratory processing system
    • UHT unit
    • Sartorius Biostat B plus fermenter
       

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Eislöffel mit 2 Sorten veganem Speiseeis

Vegan ice cream based on plant protein

Development of vegan ice cream

 

  • Development of new ice cream recipes based on plant raw materials such as lupines, soy beans, sunflowers
  • Optimization of the taste and texture of ice cream
  • Recipe optimization based on analytical evaluation (e.g. melting behavior, overrun)
Fitnesswurst mit verringertem Fettgehalt

Low fat sausage products with less than 3% fat developed at the Fraunhofer IVV

Development of meat and sausage products

 

  • Development of new product concepts and production processes
  • Reformulation of meat and sausage products to improve product quality, including enrichment with mega fatty acids and reduction of the salt content
  • Development of vegan alternatives to meat and sausage products
Industrieanlagen zur Wurstherstellung

Pilot plant facilities for processing meat: Vacuum filler and vacuum bowl cutter

  • Pilot plant equipment: Meat and sausage products
    • Mincing machine (industrial scale)
    • Mincing machine (laboratory scale)
    • Cutter
    • Vacuum bowl cutter
    • Vacuum filler
    • Cooking vessels
    • Climate chamber / curing chamber
    • Curing oven

Further information:

Proteinreiche Lupinenstangerl

Baguette enriched with high-quality lupine protein

Development of baked products and pasta

 

  • Development and optimization of products and manufacturing processes
  • Assistance with the reformulation of baked products and pasta by adaptation of recipes, including gluten-free products and enrichment with omega fatty acids
  • Analysis of raw materials and advice on raw material selection
Pilotproduktion Backwaren im Lebensmitteltechnikum

Sample production of baked products in the food pilot plant

  • Pilot plant equipment: Baked products and pasta
    • Dough kneader
    • Proving unit
    • Dough shaper
    • Long/round molder
    • Deck oven
    • MIWE roll-in rack oven

 

Schokolierte Kekse

Chocolate coatings for cookies

Development of chocolate products

 

  • Assistance with the development of innovative product formulations, including reduction of the fat content of praline fillings by replacement of fat with plant proteins
  • Advice on optimal raw material selection for chocolate products
  • Identification of factors that affect product quality, for example bloom and off-odors/off-flavors
Weiterverarbeitung von Obst in der Passiermaschine

Frequency controlled straining machine with various sieves

Development of fruit and vegetable products

 

  • Assistance with the implementation of innovative product concepts
  • Development and optimization of processing and manufacturing methods
  • Recovery and utilization of valuable ingredients from waste streams from the processing of fruit and vegetables
Laborprozessanlage im Lebensmitteltechnikum

Laboratory processing system (18 l) for heating, homogenizing, milling, aerating, and cooling food products

  • Pilot plant equipment: Fruit and vegetable products
    • Laboratory processing system
    • Straining machine
    • Toothed colloid mill (laboratory scale)
    • Corundum stone mill
    • Hallde RG-250 fruit and vegetable processing machine
    • Fruit slicer
Fleischalternative aus texturiertem Pflanzenprotein

Textured plant protein having a defined fiber structure as an alternative to meat

Extruded foods such as meat surrogates and snack products

 

  • Manufacture of extruded foods including breakfast cereals, snack products, meat substitutes
  • Extrusion testing of new raw materials
  • Process optimization for customized product properties such as fiber structure, porosity
Versuchsküche zur Testung der Lebensmittelverarbeitung

Kitchen for the quality assurance of food manufacturing processes

Kitchen

 

The extensive kitchen facilities enable you to professionally test all product developments on site.

Kombidämpfer zur professionellen Erhitzung von Lebensmitteln

Combi-steamer for the controlled heating of foods

  • Kitchen equipment
    • 2 baking ovens
    • 2 hobs
    • Induction hob
    • Steamer
    • Combi-steamer
    • Salamander grill
    • Various units for product refrigeration and freezing
    • Various microwave ovens
    • Planetary mixer