MEXICO — Dawn Foods, one of the leading suppliers of bakery ingredients in North America, has opened a new Innovation Studio in Mexico City, its first innovation center in Latin America. 

Similar to the Dawn Innovation Studio that opened at its headquarters in Jackson, Mich., in April 2017, the Mexico City Innovation Studio will include a dedicated kitchen, new product development lab and customer collaboration space. 

The innovation center also includes a showroom area that Dawn plans to use for the demonstration of products, as well as a multimedia space to present Dawn products. 

Dawn says the facility has been designed to support new product development, sensory testing, ingredient optimization and has the necessary equipment and infrastructure to offer training to technical bakers.  

“The Innovation Studio is a place where Dawn customers can receive hands-on training on our products,” said Emilio Castillo, president of Dawn Latin America.  

“They have the opportunity to work directly with our ingredient experts, research and development teams to create solutions focused on growing their business.” 

Demand for Dawn products is growing in Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean, we are very excited to establish a state-of-the-art space where inspiration and innovation come together to benefit and accompany our customers.” 

Embassy Ingredients invests in facility upgrades 

Meanwhile, Embassy Ingredients, a manufacturer of baking ingredients and flavors, has unveiled plans to invest $3 million to expand and upgrade its existing facility in Toronto. 

Part of the investment will go towards the expansion of flavor manufacturing capabilities and increase production capacity by adding a second automated dry blending line.  

The facility upgrades will see increase warehouse and manufacturing space increased to approximately 90,000 square feet from 55,000 square feet currently, Embassy said. 

The company added that the investment is aligned with Embassy’s expertise to offer customized bakery ingredients and flavors and allows for continued growth. 

 It also reinforces the company’s strategic decision to dramatically increase raw material inventory to buffer the supply chain issues all manufacturers have been facing over the past year. 

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