Tyson Foods Inc. today officially unveiled its new Discovery Center, a research and development facility designed to enhance the company’s ability to create new foods and bring them to market more quickly.

“The Discovery Center is much more than a building,” said Tyson President and Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Bond to reporters invited to tour the facility. “It’s about our passion to create new products designed to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s consumers.

“It’s a hub of food innovation enabling us to combine consumer insights with culinary and food manufacturing expertise to develop great-tasting chicken, beef and pork products,” Bond added. “We believe there is no other research and development facility like it anywhere in the world.”

The Discovery Center, which opened in mid-January, is located on the campus of Tyson’s World Headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas. The 100,000 square foot facility is home to the food science and culinary professionals who are part of Tyson’s Research and Development team. The center includes 19 specialized research kitchens, a multi-protein pilot plant, a packaging innovation lab, a sensory analysis lab and consumer focus group capabilities.

“The Discovery Center is designed for joint value creation with our customers,” said Hal Carper, senior vice president of Corporate Research and Development for Tyson. “Here our food innovation teams collaborate with customers to research consumer needs, then design and test new products and packaging. We can then produce products on a test basis in a real-life manufacturing environment.”

Source: Tyson Foods