Ingredient innovation and formulation

Sagentia Innovation's work for food and beverage clients doesn’t stop at identifying new innovations or at creating new products. The innovative ingredient and formulation processes we use, whether its transporting complex rheological fluids or creating novel microstructures, can unlock potential new product formats.

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Developing food and beverage formulations

We regularly work with clients to meet ever-changing consumer demands for new food products, whether that's developing a genuine clean label product, developing product formulations, product modelling methods, a new high-fibre snack, or a ‘lighter’ version of an existing snack with the same organoleptic properties as the original.

Our team manages investigations by innovative research and development, driving consumer-centric needs, developing scientific hypotheses, and rapid ‘proof of concept' testing. We analyse market sentiment and benchmark products with consumers to understand the technical gap and challenge to solve. We quickly and accurately create actionable technical hypotheses, through a structured and thorough investigation of the fundamental scientific principles at play.

We identify the highest priority options, providing detailed explanations and science-led justifications. We then rapidly ‘reduce to practice’ in the laboratory or development kitchen, producing a small number of focussed formulations to test our hypotheses and our unique predictive modelling methods and business strategies can dramatically reduce labour-intensive sensory testing of new recipes, helping clients to reduce the manufacturing cycle time and cost of product development.

Sagentia Innovation has previously undertaken research to answer the following client questions:

  • Can I make confectionery using all natural ingredients?
  • Can I eliminate an intrinsic off flavour from my product?
  • What technologies can I deploy to form a specific particle size?
  • How do I monitor processes to increase efficiency and reduce downtime?
  • How can I improve the stability of my clean label plant-based beverage?

Predictive analytics: historical data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, have helped us circumvent the need for in person testing panels. Phil Mackie, Managing Partner - Food and Beverage, explains how.

Technology for today and tomorrow

Technology for today and tomorrow

Therma Tru was successfully leading the US entry door market, but large market share, increasing price sensitivity, and rising competition led them to look for new ways to increase revenues per doorway.

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What’s special about us?

Why do we do it?

Where we add value

What’s special about us?

  1. Innovation. We mix technical depth with a broad range of scientific, commercial, and user-focused skillsets to tackle our clients’ toughest problems. We deliver strategies and solutions that disrupt the status quo
  2. Insight. We bring intellectual rigour and experience to our clients’ work; we challenge and drive return on investment
  3. Speed. We work fast, with teams focused on end-goals, quality and time-to-market, operating in markets we know and understand
  4. IP. We put our clients first. If we work on a patentable piece of technology on behalf of a client, our clients always get the IP
  5. Regulatory. As part of Science Group PLC we have access to >100 regulatory and compliance specialists

Why do we do it?

  1. Because it matters. We seek to help our clients make a difference to real lives
  2. To raise the bar. By sharing our breadth of expertise and experience across the markets we know we can facilitate and accelerate successful innovative growth and business strategies
  3. For our clients. When we work with our clients they see us as their partners. Their success is vital to us and we are genuinely excited and delighted when they select us to be part of their journey to research and develop
  4. We love it. We’re fascinated by science and technology, the world in which we live and the macro trends and issues which are changing our lives. We want to help shape transformation

Where we add value

  1. If something seems an impossible task, we can deconstruct it and come up with a plan
  2. We will take on – and deliver against - moonshots
  3. We believe we have one of the widest skills bases anywhere and can take on some of the more unusual or challenging projects. If it’s a weird one, give us a shout
  4. We’ll always tell our clients if we can’t help, or if we think there’s someone better for the job
  5. If you are responsible for looking at macro trends in your businesses that might pose a threat or create an opportunity and you need to do more digging – we can dig for you. And more than that we’ll make sense of what we find and give you next steps
  6. We enjoy our work. And we think you’d enjoy working with us too
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