CoreFX Ingredients LLC, a manufacturer of custom dry dairy, cheese and lipid ingredient solutions, inaugurated its 5,000-sq.-ft. Innovation Center in Chicago after just over a year in business as its own entity.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, CoreFX Ingredients is a U.S.-based division of Ornua Ingredients, based in Dublin, Ireland.
“We have seen tremendous growth in operations, personnel and capabilities since June 2016. Our team has worked tirelessly to enhance our focus on innovation and customer service,” said CoreFX Ingredients CEO Denis Neville. “The Innovation Center will help us build on that momentum to foster unparalleled customer service and engagement in a collaborative environment.”
Kevin Lane, Global CEO of Ornua; and Blanca Berthier, director of international programs for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce also spoke at the event, which was at the Lincoln Square facility at 4725 N. Western Ave. in Chicago. Also attending the event were Brian O’Brien, general consul of Ireland, representatives from the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, as well as Core FX customers and strategic collaborators.
“The opening of the Innovation Center at CoreFX marks a key milestone in its exciting growth journey and greatly improves its capability and ability to create innovative ingredients solutions that meet its customer needs,” said Lane. “Innovation is core to Ornua’s growth plans and this center further strengthens Ornua’s global innovation network, which now covers Ireland, the UK, Germany, Spain, Saudi Arabia and the US.”
The Innovation Center build-out features a registered research and development lab, a state-of-the-art kitchen and an open floor plan to foster collaboration with customers.
CoreFX also has a BRC-and organic-certified manufacturing facility in Orangeville, Illinois. It has enjoyed its share of growth and innovation, with the installation of new pilot dryers and blenders to increase production capabilities and meet higher demand. A 10,000-square-foot warehouse expansion also is underway.
The company has more than quadrupled its number of personnel at the two locations since June 2016—increasing from a staff of 12 to 50 employees. Officials add that CoreFX has a strategic five-year plan to focus on hiring and development and plans to add positions in the areas of marketing, purchasing, sales, R&D and leadership.
About CoreFX Ingredients LLC
Headquartered in Chicago, CoreFX Ingredients is a U.S.-based division of Ornua Ingredients and specializes in the manufacture of custom dry dairy, cheese and lipid ingredient solutions. CoreFX serves industrial food manufacturers and foodservice markets in the US and across the globe. CoreFX is certified organic, BRC compliant and offers GMO-free and vegan solutions.
More information is available at www.corefxingredients.com.