Food processing equipment supplier SPX FLOW, Inc. has opened a new innovation center in Shanghai to help producers create innovative dairy and beverage products to compete in a growing industry.

The North Carolina-based company says the center is designed to help dairy and beverage manufacturers enhance process efficiency, fine tune product characteristics and develop new products to serve the Asia Pacific region, especially the rapidly growing nutritional beverage market. Customers using this facility can test new product formulations to help bring their creations to market more quickly.

The center includes a wide range of pilot thermal processing, mixing, dispersion, separation and other processing technologies. The new center in Shanghai, in addition to SPX FLOW's existing centers in Denmark and France, is supported by local and global food, beverage and technology specialists to help optimize processes, improve existing products, develop new products and ensure smooth scale-up to full production.