FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — BASF has established a new nutrition ingredients innovation laboratory at its technical center in Tarrytown, N.Y., the company said June 14. BASF will double its technical service staff.

The laboratory will support nutrition and coloration applications in vitamin-enhanced waters, carbonated soft drinks, still beverages, dairy products, instant beverages, nutrition bars and baked foods.

“By increasing lab size and technical staff, this move will strengthen the performance of BASF vitamins, nature-identical carotenoids and our other products in food and beverage applications,” said Martin Jager, senior vice-president, Nutrition Ingredients, at BASF. “In addition, close proximity to major food companies will allow us to better serve our customers.”

BASF closed its old laboratory in Ledgewood, N.J., on March 31. The new laboratory will be part of a 160,000-square-foot laboratory and office space that BASF obtained in the acquisition of Ciba Holding AG last year.

The facility will house laboratories for other Care Chemicals Division business units, including Personal Care and Pharma Ingredients. BASF has other nutrition ingredient technical centers in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Ballerup, Denmark, and Shanghai, China.