ALLENTOWN, PA.  — Brenntag North America has opened a food and nutrition application and development center in Allentown that is equipped to handle new product development and ingredient application assistance in all areas within the food and nutrition industry, the Reading, Pa.-based company said Sept. 26.

“Customers will gain valuable benefits from working with the technical food team as they help develop new product formulas,” said Larry Davis, vice-president, food and nutrition for Brenntag North America. “Using specialty ingredients from our portfolio will shorten development time and help solve formulating difficulties.”

The Brenntag team at the center will conduct ingredient qualification, food application testing and prototype development. Applications include baked foods, beverages, confectionery items, frozen foods and dairy items.

“The combination of our experienced application specialists and new modern equipment will allow us to formulate new product concepts, help reduce costs and create unique solutions to fit rapidly changing consumer market trends,” said Asim Syed, research and development director.