Process Development refers to the necessary steps, from start to finish, that are required to yield a reliable product that meets predetermined specifications.
Finding the Way
Processes are a scope that takes into account the full spectrum of how to produce a product – including equipment type as well its specific parameters, handling instructions, unique protocols, and foreseeable challenges that require special attention (often requiring specifications for steps within the process, and not just the finished product).
A process is highly specific, and often communicated through a master copy of Instruction Guidelines, several sets of instructions designed for one or several specific and interconnected steps or “stations”, a Process Flow Diagram, and segmented Batch Sheets (per station). This wealth of information, when combined with a formulaic recipe and supplier-specific ingredients, creates a high level of complexity that safeguards company intellectual property.
Crafting processing approaches for plant-based foods & at various levels of scale
Identifying and sourcing equipment
Sourcing specialized expertise for equipment operation
Drafting various documentation needs per scale of production
Assessing instructions for revision post-production trial
Translating instructions from English to Spanish
Processes can influence a formulation, sometimes in the form of implementing ingredients referred to as processing aids, realizing the need to source alternative ingredients or pivot suppliers, or in prioritizing entire reformulations. For this reason, it’s ideal to have familiarity with the anticipated process in manufacture before starting a benchtop formulation.