Glanbia Nutritionals Expands U.S. Research and Development to Meet Customer Needs

(September 23, 2005, Twin Falls, Idaho) - Glanbia Nutritionals is continuing to meet customer needs through new technology, process developments and application testing at their U.S. Research and Development center in Twin Falls, Idaho. The location has been open since September 2003.

Currently, twelve staff members are employed in a 5500 sq.ft. facility, which will effectively meet Glanbia’s growing need for expanding their research and development team. The new space will be able to house more staff and equipment required for their research in developing whey protein-based nutritional ingredients.

“The work we’re doing provides the scientific base and platform upon which we can support our existing product mix, and launch several new products in the current and upcoming year,” said Eric Bastian, director of research and development at Glanbia Nutritionals. “That’s our overarching goal.”

The research and development team is responsible for developing new processes that will lead to the creation of product line extensions and new products, and conducting analytical measurements, application development and initiating and supervising clinical research on products.

Within the past year, the company invested in Hosokawa Bepex and MicroThermics® lab-scale processing systems, allowing scientists to test pilot nutritional ingredients in prototype beverage and bar products. The systems examine how certain proteins might impact the texture of different bar products, and simulate processing conditions used in the beverage market, saving customers valuable research time.

Commenting on Glanbia Nutritional’s focus on developing products to meet customer and industry needs, Bastian said, “We receive feedback from our current and potential customers about what they want and need (in products). When we receive that information, we work to develop products to meet those needs.” This approach has allowed Glanbia Nutritionals to become a leading supplier in the sports nutrition, functional foods and processed foods markets.

“Glanbia’s strong commitment to R&D is unmatched by any other company in the U.S. industry,” said Bastian.

Glanbia Nutritionals is a division of Glanbia plc, a leading international food company headquartered in Kilkenny, Ireland. Glanbia plc is one of Europe’s leading dairy companies, and one of the world’s largest cheese manufacturers.

For more information, please contact:
Glanbia Nutritionals, Inc.
523 6th Street
Monroe, WI 53566
Toll-free: (800) 336-2183

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