The Research, Development & Innovation (RDI) Center at Stratas Foods houses state-of-the-art shortening & oil labs, as well as a versatile pilot plant facility.
Our team of highly trained scientists and technicians are constantly striving to develop and test the latest innovations in shortening & oil technologies. Working in conjunction with seed companies, suppliers, equipment manufacturers and customers, the RDI Team is focused on bringing these new technologies into production.
The mission of the Stratas RDI Team is divided into three distinct concentrations.
Solving problems related to taste, quality, convenience and price
Creating solutions for specific customer needs
“Blue sky” research into the future of shortening & oil technologies
Research is the primary task of the RDI Team, and is focused on constantly improving our products and processes. Whether developing a new flavor, optimizing fry life, or creating new bakery solutions, the Stratas RDI Team is always striving for product excellence.
Some examples of our Research include:
Development is the creation of new products, processes, or packaging to meet a customer’s specific need. The pilot plant and labs at the Stratas RDI Center are stocked with state-of-the-art manufacturing and analytical equipment, enabling the RDI Team to quickly develop specialized products for our customers.
Some examples of our product Development include:
Innovation represents “blue sky” efforts to push the technological boundaries of shortening & oil science. The Stratas RDI Team researches and tests the latest developments in oilseed technology, nutritional optimization, and frying oil performance.
Some examples of our scientific Innovation include: