Muntons has unveiled plans to open a £500,000 Centre for Excellence, at its headquarters in Stowmarket, in January 2010.
The investment, which includes a purpose-built factory, will become the focal point for the firm’s innovation and new product development. The centre will feature an NPD kitchen, sensory testing room, bakery, micro-brewery and winery, and will enable the firm to reduce the cost of NPD while getting products to market faster.
Muntons’ technical sales support manager Jonathan Pritchard said the centre would greatly improve the firm’s ability to proactively develop new pro-ducts and grow its business.
"We will be able to produce development samples internally at lab scale, rather than relying on third-party or full-scale plant trials, which means we can cut the turnaround time of NPD projects significantly," he added.