Blue Pacific Flavors, which works with GRAS approved ingredients in the development of functional beverages, has recently opened a beverage R&D application facility. 

The centre was designed to focus on creating various functional beverages, including hot-filled Sports, Energy and Wellness Drinks. It will also feature customised development work for UHT/HTST and Retort high protein Milk or Soy based meal replacement beverages. The centre currently has the only Armfield lab pilot UHT/HTST beverage-processing unit in the Western US. 

The laboratory facility also features a complete accelerated shelf testing incubation area. A separate sensory area for evaluating finished drinks is planned for completion by the Q4 2002.