AUSTIN, TEXAS, U.S. – Applied Food Sciences, Inc., an ingredient supplier specializing in botanical extracts for food, beverages and supplements, has opened a research and development center in Iowa City, Iowa, U.S. Primary goals at the center include fostering the growth of plant-based science, examining how the evolution of food fits into the current and future food supply, and how to continue feeding a growing population in a healthy way.

The center features molecular biology labs, analytical and materials research laboratories, and a pilot production plant. Being in the Midwest, the center is close to farmers and the processors who use plants for value-added end products, according to Austin-based Applied Food Sciences.

“We are creating the ideal environment to foster collaborative teams with the mission of touching all aspects of how advances in food science can produce long-term significance to the positive impact of health and wellness,” said Loretta Zapp, chief executive officer of Applied Food Sciences. “This new center is evidence of our commitment to our customers and the enhanced value we strive to bring to their products. AFS is excited about these additional resources that will add even more value to our current offerings that include supply chain sustainability, innovation, formulation and manufacturing support.”

The Applied Food Sciences center is located at the University of Iowa BioVentures Center.

“AFS chose the BVC as our home for innovation for a number of reasons,” said Chris Fields, vice-president of scientific affairs for Applied Food Sciences. “The University of Iowa is home to a strong work ethic, a high level of professionals and culture of innovation in the areas of biotechnology and food science. What makes us the most excited is the opportunity to collaborate with other innovative companies in the areas of food technology, then merge those lessons learned with our expertise in life sciences.”