Kate Farms Opens Innovation and Quality Center

The plant-based formula brand consolidated its headquarters and R&D operations.

Kate Farms employees at the new Innovation and Quality Center in Goleta, Calif.
Kate Farms employees at the new Innovation and Quality Center in Goleta, Calif.
Kate Farms

Kate Farms officially merged its office headquarters with its state-of-the-art Innovation and Quality Center (IQ) in Goleta, California, in Santa Barbara County. This  consolidation will bring more of its employees together, enhance innovative collaboration, and unite the workforce of Kate Farms. While Kate Farms is first and foremost a remote company, establishing a home base where local employees can work and collaborate and where remote employees can travel to was always a priority. It is also a great center to host customers for discussions and collaboration on innovation and further our collective mission to help people live their best lives through highest quality nourishment.

The IQ was built to actively create the best plant-based nutrition products as fast as possible. The pilot plant within the IQ operates exactly like a factory, just at a much smaller scale. Kate Farms has a team of PhD food scientists, PhD chemists, and specialized tech operators, each with expertise in their area and a unique skill to bring high-quality, plant-based nutrition products to people with a variety of health needs.

At that small scale, they can test many variables in a short period of time. The product development team tested over 50 flavor combinations before perfecting the new Kate Farms strawberry flavor for their Nutrition Shake and Standard 1.4 products.

The IQ's product development lab allows for bench-scale experiments of innovative ingredients and evaluation of trial products to ensure that each product is up to the high standards that Kate Farms sets for itself. The quality control team evaluates every trial and production run to make sure that every carton of Kate Farms is safe before shipping it to consumers. Inside the pilot plant, an ultra-high temperature processing unit has options for the team to mimic any factory process.

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