Collaboration

Successful menu commercialization starts with understanding how a product will taste when completed and served by your team, on your equipment, and served to your customers during a busy meal rush. Achieving this requires not only the culinary focus of trained chefs, but also a complete team with education, training, and experience in Culinology, Meat Science, Food Science, Research and Development, and more, collaborating with you to envision, design, and perfect your custom solution.

At Miniat, we’re all about collaboration.

Our collaboration approach is flexible to your needs, allowing us to engage at key stages or through the entire process…from articulating your vision to recipe commercialization.

  • Understanding your menu item flavor vision, use goals, portion size and price
  • Exploring recipe concepts, design, ingredients, prototypes, and sourcing
  • Adapting recipe to fit your operation kitchen setups and available equipment
  • Testing, tasting, flavor profile refinement, revisioning
  • Recipe commercialization
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The Miniat Culinary Center

Our Culinary Center is where the creative process of product development begins. Miniat’s Culinary Team combines credentials and experience in both restaurant and manufacturing environments, as well as specializations in food science and culinary research, to offer unique expertise in the collaboration process. New ideas, concepts, and gold-standard recipes all begin in this space with the collaboration of our Chefs.

To ensure our culinary team can effectively trial, test, adapt, and perfect your recipe within your specifications, we start by replicating your process, from back-of-house to prep and service lines. We are outfitted with the industry’s most frequently used professional equipment, and keep current with new innovations made available to restaurant kitchens.

Whether you have a tried and true recipe or a new-found inspiration, our culinary-trained, trend-aware chefs will help translate your vision through the industry’s most collaborative recipe development approach.

The Lab

Directly connected to the Culinary Center is The Lab. This is the space where our Research & Development team of Meat Scientists, Food Scientists, Culinologists, Product Developers, Labeling Experts, and Research Technicians work to actualize your concept into a fully scalable prototype for commercialization. Utilizing their education, experience, and industry certifications in both the culinary arts and food science, Miniat’s R&D team ensures that your concept maintains your standards of taste, texture, and appearance through the scale-up process leading to full-scale commercialization.

Within our commercialization process, each aspect of product development is monitored and evaluated to ensure your product requirements are met. From the selection of a specific supplier to the determination of product specifications and from selecting the equipment and processes to the approval of your label, the Miniat R&D Team ensures your commercialized product will meet the expectations set during the culinary concepting process.

The Lab

Directly connected to the Culinary Center is The Lab. This is the space where our Research & Development team of Meat Scientists, Food Scientists, Culinologists, Product Developers, Labeling Experts, and Research Technicians work to actualize your concept into a fully scalable prototype for commercialization. Utilizing their education, experience, and industry certifications in both the culinary arts and  food science,Miniat’s R&D team ensures that your concept maintains your standards of taste, texture, and appearance through the scale-up process leading to full-scale commercialization.

Within our commercialization process, each aspect of product development is monitored and evaluated to ensure your product requirements are met. From the selection of a specific supplier to the determination of product specifications and from selecting the equipment and processes to the approval of your label, the Miniat R&D Team ensures your commercialized product will meet the expectations set during the culinary concepting process.

True Collaboration Delivering Optimal Results

We are proud of our Culinary Center, the space where many of the most frequently ordered menu items from the world’s leading brands were first conceptualized. However, the real magic is in the collaboration that occurs between our team and yours, within the kitchen environment.

For example, during a recent pilot testing session with a customer, the production process revealed a significant volume of potential waste. Rather than take a loss on the by-product, the Miniat and customer teams worked together to develop a new menu application utilizing the material. Through true collaboration, the teams not only successfully launched the planned menu item but also identified an opportunity to create incremental revenue and margin protection through this new menu application.

Our Culinary Center and Lab are collaborative spaces that we invite our customers to visit.

We have the Culinary and R&D teams in place to align with yours, speaking a common industry language based on background, skills, and training. We can also act as an extension of your team, providing creative and technical expertise on your behalf.

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