Parsippany, NJ — Reinforcing its commitments to reinvigorate iconic brands and advance food technology education, Pinnacle Foods Inc. has established a pilot R&D plant at Rutgers University’s Food Innovation Center – North, the company reports.
The fully equipped, USDA- and FDA-inspected facility will replicate production processes in its grocery division plants, evaluate process changes, test equipment and perform consumer testing.
Collaboration between Pinnacle and the university began in 2013 with the launch of an undergraduate internship program. The new venture allows the manufacturer to leverage the institution’s technologies, sponsor specific graduate research projects and partner with its engineering, food science and packaging departments, Pinnacle claims.
Steve Gunther, senior vice-president of R&D at Pinnacle explains: “We’ll be able to execute experimental designs across our brands, studying various ingredient, process and package interactions without impacting our manufacturing facilities.”
In addition to its grocery and frozen food divisions, Pinnacle’s specialty foods division includes snack brands Hawaiian, Snyder’s of Berlin, Erin’s, Tim’s Cascade Snacks and Husman’s.