Nellson LLC, a North American formulator and manufacturer of branded and private label nutrition bars and functional powders, has opened the Launch Pad Innovation Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The facility is designed to inspire innovation and support the development and rapid commercialization of new functional powder products and nutrition systems. 
“Our blueprint for Launch Pad was inspired by our vision to be the leading contract manufacturer and strategic partner of choice within the fast-growing nutritional bar and functional powders sectors,” said Bart Child, Nellson’s senior v.p. of commercial development. “Launch Pad allows customer partners to work side-by-side with our R&D experts in a state-of-the-art customer collaboration workspace that includes all of the capabilities and technologies needed to replicate the manufacturing process. By increasing throughput of lab work, we are able to streamline scale up, improve the commercialization process and accelerate speed to market.”
Highlights of Nellson’s Launch Pad Innovation Center include:
  • Customer collaboration workspace 
  • Consumer tasting booths
  • In-lab consumer test/scale-up line
  • Real-time mobile co-development platform for speed-to-market optimization 
  • Custom formulation system to ensure product quality and efficacy from development through shelf life
  • Staffed with over 40 food scientists, technicians and support staff who provide formulation and development expertise
“Our new lab space is designed to efficiently facilitate the development process from initiation through commercialization,” said Steve Curtis, R&D manager for Nellson’s powder division. “Launch Pad allows us to fully support our customers through every step of the development process, from customized benchtop samples, to finished product spec development and manufacturing scale up. This innovation center expands our capabilities and is a tremendous resource for both our scientists and our customers, allowing us to collaborate together as we create an optimal formulation that can be quickly taken to market.”