CANADA – Diana Food, the nutrition and wellness division of Symrise has opened a new research & development facility in Quebec, Canada to promote innovation in consumer nutrition and well-being solutions.

The new center will focus on product and process development, supporting the nearby Consumer Health facility where Diana produces nutritional ingredients for use in a range of health solutions.

The location will be home to experts including scientists from Diana’s labs in France, providing solutions such as polyphenols from locally sourced materials like cranberries and blueberries and explore their application in health offerings such as dietary supplements.

The center allows for easy transfer of knowledge and technology as well as laboratory innovation into scalable manufacturing.

Diana Food’s ingredients are said to be sourced from carefully selected raw materials and their solutions are supported by clinically proven science.

The company specializes in sports nutrition products, functional food and drink to boost women’s health and supplements to encourage healthy aging and add energy and vitality.

“The decision to create this new lab emphasizes Diana’s commitment to the market, the North American scientific community, and the company’s long-term growth in the consumer health category,” said Rob Evans, Director of Research & Development at Diana Food.

“These scientists are experts in the consumer health market and those coming from France bring with them prior expertise that will help expedite local development and testing.”

The facility reinforces Diana Food’s collaboration with the Institute of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (INAF) at Laval University, Canada, which launched a research on the effects of fruit and vegetable-derived polyphenols on regulating microbiota in the human gut.

With a dedication to chicken-based solutions from humanely raised birds, Diana Food opened a new facility in Banks Crossing, Georgia, US.

The plant, which completed the Georgia Crop Improvement Association Organic Certification Program (GCIAOCP) and validated as organic by US Department of Agriculture (USDA) meets high animal welfare standards and includes a range of chicken fat, broth and powder products.

“With increased consumer demand for organic products, it’s vital that the chicken broth, powder and fat products we produce have organic certification,” said Yannick Riou, Diana Food President.  

“But just as importantly, organic certification is also in sync with the values and culture of our company, since we are dedicated to high standards of animal welfare, sustainable farming and no-antibiotics-ever poultry.”