Innovations in beans-to-chocolate processing

Research and Development

Through thoughtful and proactive collaboration, we will deliver inspirational innovation, advanced technical support and generate internal and external creative solutions helping unlock the full potential of our customers

Although it has been around for about 2,000 years and comes in many flavors and versions, extensive research and development continues on chocolate to find new ideas and recipes to create the products consumers want to buy.

Innovation at Blommer begins with our customers and goes well beyond providing new products. We start with you to develop “holistic solutions,” leveraging your knowledge of your own specific marketplace with our expertise in chocolate to create innovations that are relevant. From new products and process technologies to improved functionality, quality and cost reduction, we believe collaboration is the key to creating successful innovative solutions for your business. Development at Blommer begins with our customers and goes well beyond providing new products. We start with you to find holistic solutions by leveraging your knowledge of your own specific market with our expertise in chocolate to create innovations that are relevant. From new products and process technologies to improved functionality, quality and cost reduction, we believe collaboration is the key to creating successful innovative solutions for your business.

Blommer’s R&D Vision:

Within the greater R&D organization, we have three main areas of focus: Product Development, Innovation, and Applications. Our Product Development Team partners internally and externally to develop and maintain our product portfolio and provide technical services to ours and our customer operational partners. Our Innovation team scouts for future solutions, partners and technology to support advancement of ideas for chocolate confectionery. Finally, our Applications team translates Blommer ingredients and market insights into concepts that help us understand the value and potential they bring to our customers. Together we help Bring Chocolate to Life.

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Our Team

We strive to provide our customers with the best intentional technical and customer assistance in the industry. To accomplish this, we have strategically located our research and development (R&D) teams across North America to provide region-specific support for new product development and technical support. Each of our 4 locations is staffed with some of the most knowledgeable, accredited professionals in the chocolate industry – experts boasting advanced degrees in food science, culinary arts and engineering, supplemented with years of industry training and hands-on experience.

Our developers are experts in ingredient technology, including in the areas of fortification, emulsification, sweetening, formulation design and flavor, to create products that function and taste great, while always keeping economic and supply chain considerations in mind. As part of the global Fuji Organization, we have advanced competencies in fats and oils and the capacity to develop elevated coatings for every need in the baking, confectionery, ice cream and functional categories. The combination of tenured chocolate, compound, and fats and oils technical expertise is truly a unique experience that we are able to provide when developing solutions.

Our Facilities

Beyond our people, we have product development labs and chocolate making equipment at each of our R&D locations across North America. We have comprehensive ‘bean to bar” processing technology to help further our research. In Chicago, we have a dedicated Applications Lab to support investigating and exploring the value proposition of current and future ingredients to support customer concepts. This lab is a place of inspiration to evoke all senses in exploring and discussing chocolate!

Creative Mindset

At the core of Blommer’s research and development is our creative solutions mindset. The heart of that is our people and our scientific mindset to push boundaries, explore and ask questions. Curiosity runs through our chocolate scientist DNA! We regularly practice ideation and pride ourselves in our ability to use a variety of techniques to solve problems and think deeper about what our customers need.

Thanks to our creative solutions culture, we turn dreams into reality; visions into products. Between our experienced teams, core competencies in chocolate and compound combined with equipment and facilities, we are confident that our R&D team is capable of providing you with the solutions for all of your chocolate needs.

Let the adventure begin!

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