ingredient sourcing
processing & contract manufacturing
aseptic fruit processing
research & development
innovation center
grower services
private labeling
safety & quality assurance
food service solutions

Research and Development Services

Our Research and Development (R&D) team works with you to develop superior products and ingredients that fit your requirements. The R&D team provides extensive knowledge and expertise and is comprised of agronomists, food scientists, flavor chemists, dieticians, process engineers and quality control specialists.

Our professionals work with you to select the best ingredients for your application, customize an ingredient for your specific needs and develop products to your exact specifications.

We Help You Select the Best Ingredient

Different products require different ingredients based on several factors including flavor, mouthfeel, processing conditions and desired shelf-life. Our professionals help you select the best ingredient for functionality and cost for your specific application.

We Help You Find Custom Ingredients

Can't find the ingredient you need on the market? We can help. Our professional R&D Team combined with our extensive processing capabilities will assist you in developing the product and process specifications for your custom ingredient.

We Develop Product Formulations Specific to Your Needs

We use the highest-quality ingredients to develop products that will meet your specific performance requirements. The SunOpta R&D Team is constantly working to develop new and exciting applications with novel ingredients and flavor systems.

Our Technical Services

Throughout the product development cycle, our professionals can work independently or in conjunction with your staff to tailor-make your product. Our R&D Team is available to help bring your product to market as fast as possible.

Our Quality Control

We adhere to the highest level of quality control through programs including AIB, MCIA, HACCP, Organic (QAI), and Specialty (Kosher, IP Handling). Through our Identity Preserved (IP) program, we guarantee traceability in order to promote goodness from the ground up.

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