Research & Development

We are proud to name research and development among our core competencies.  It is here, more than anywhere else, that consumer value is generated. This is especially true in the challenging aseptic world.

Experience and Expertise

Based at our campus in Elma, NY, Steuben Foods’ R&D team has well over a century of collective industry experience. For 30 years, our experts have worked side-by-side with countless customers, helping to refine existing formulations; and take products from bench-top – or even concept – to full plant production. 

Pilot Plant

Expertise and experience deserve equipment to match; hence our state-of-the-art pilot plant. Configured to simulate Steuben Foods’ aseptic processing conditions, our three pilot plant systems – equipped with direct and indirect processing, and multiple heating and homogenization configurations – facilitate formula and ingredient validation ahead of full-scale plant trials in Elma.

Other Services

In addition to the above, our R&D team can help develop line extensions, execute flavor changes, and identify ingredient suppliers.

Building Relationships

As we consider R&D to be a relationship-building function, foundational to shared success, Steuben Foods does not charge for pilot plant work.