Flavourings and ingredients developer TasteTech has opened a bakery laboratory at its Bristol HQ.

The business, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is a specialist manufacturer of controlled release flavourings and ingredients for applications including bakery, confectionery, chewing gum and sports nutrition.

TasteTech said its products can help increase shelf life, improve taste and texture, protect key ingredients from moisture and contamination, mask bitter notes, enhance flavours and reduce costs.

The new facility, described as “state-of-the-art” by TasteTech, is designed to enable its team of bakery technologists to better assist customers in getting the best out of its products.

It also gives businesses the facilities to develop new products and help solve some of the technical challenges faced by the bakery market.

The bakery lab was opened by Julie Girling, MEP for the South West & Gibraltar.

As part of the event, TasteTech managing director Janis Sinton presented local charity Changes Bristol with a cheque for £1,000 as part of the firm’s ongoing support for local charities.