Extrusion Innovation Center: Grand Rapids, MI

  • Innovation Center

    The Baker Perkins Innovation Center in Grand Rapids, MI is a flexible, multipurpose development facility where we work with our customers on turning concepts into commercially viable products.

    The Center has facilities for product and process development of cookies, bars, granola, pet food and bread. In 2015 these will be extended with the addition of twin-screw extrusion and co-extrusion equipment. The new machines will add a vast range of new capabilities in cereals, snacks and other extruded foods.

    The Innovation Center has the versatility to carry out a variety of trials. These extend from multiple short runs to assess a range of different ideas, to longer runs using the customer’s ingredients for a more rigorous assessment of the process and products.

    All of the equipment faithfully reproduces the conditions in full size plants, so process settings and product characteristics achieved in the Innovation Center are easily transferred to a production environment.

    The Innovation Center provides a reliable basis for trouble-free product launches and new line commissioning across a broad spectrum of different product types.

  • Available Facilities

    Baker Perkins offers all its customers facilities to develop new products and processes, produce samples for test marketing, and conduct feasibility trials.

    The Innovation Center at Grand Rapids contains a wide range of production and laboratory scale equipment dedicated to the breakfast cereal, snack and pet food industries, allowing the development of:

    Breakfast Cereals, Snacks & Pet Food

    Extruded (direct expanded) cereals and snacks
    Co-extruded (filled) cereals and snacks
    Extruded flakes
    Pet food / treats

    Baked Products

    Energy and snack bars
    Filled bars
    Granola bars
    Baked pet treats

    Equipment Available To Use:

    Dough mixer
    Twin-screw cooker extruder
    Co-extrusion system
    Rotary moulder
    Bar former
    Multi-media oven/dryer
    Bread divider, rounder and final moulder

Brochure: Food Extrusion

Brochure: Food Extrusion

Complete Snack Process Lines

Complete Snack Process Lines

Baker Perkins offers complete systems for the production of snacks through extrusion and other forming methods.