Understanding pilot plants:
Pilot plants are expertly designed facilities that replicate food and beverage production on an industrial scale. They provide manufacturing companies the opportunity to confidently experiment, develop and test their products in a controlled environment.
Indeed, pilot plants serve as invaluable tools for companies seeking to optimize their product development processes. By providing a controlled environment for experimentation, companies are able to test and refine their products in a cost-effective and efficient manner, thus reducing the risk of errors and delays further down the line.
It is evident that pilot plants represent a critical component of the product development process. As such, this coffee business recognize their importance and invest in them accordingly. By doing so, we are equipped to develop high-quality products that meet the needs and expectations of our customers.
- Early identification and resolution of potential issues can help to mitigate risks during large-scale production in projects.
- By detecting and rectifying problems in the development phase, we can avoid expensive mistakes and determine the best cost-benefit proposal for our clients.
- Gathering process data helps to optimize processes.
- Products that undergo rigorous testing in pilot plants are better equipped to meet market demands. Understanding the product’s performance in a controlled environment can lead to adjustments that align with consumer expectations.
At Colcafe, we have a pilot capability for each industrial process: roasting, grinding, extraction of soluble solids, freeze concentration, evaporation and spray drying . This enables us to develop tailor-made solutions and produce replicable samples and prototypes in less time.
Our latest acquisition is a pilot line for ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages. One objective of this line is to encourage innovation in coffee-based RTD beverages according to the customers requirements and to improve our own brands. This line has the capability to test our ingredients such as coffee extract and powder in final applications. This helps our clients visualize the performance of these ingredients in the final application.
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