Food and Drink Resources, a Centennial, Colo.-based consultancy firm, has opened a new Innovation Center for food and drink professionals. The founders of the test kitchen from FDR built the space to serve a range of food purveyors from QSR and fine-dining restaurants to pre-made meals and drinks sold in retail establishments, according to a news release.
FDR Co-Founder Richard Keys said he and his business partners developed the Innovation Center based on the best tools and components that they found after using dozens of similar facilities around the country.
"Test kitchens are extremely important to food innovation, but the facilities we've used almost always come up short. If the kitchen is good, the focus group facilities are lacking, or vice versa. This new facility allows us to cook up the menu offerings like they would be cooked in a restaurant kitchen and to serve them up hot to our testers," he said in the release.
The center includes one-way glass and video capabilities to record diners’ reactions to the food. It also includes built-in photography facilities and a complete bar.
Keys said he expects the facility will attract food executives from around the nation.