Product Design

Crown Ingredient Solutions makes use of a team of highly skilled Product Management and Innovation technologists (PMI) to provide a product design service that augments the technical capability of the trading branches within the group. Our product development experts can help with all stages of product development, from concept initialisation through to production.

The PMI Team has many years of wide-ranging product experience, including:

  • The Meat Sector: Boerewors and marinated meat products, brine injections, processed meats and meat snack products
  • The Dairy Sector: chilled and aerated desserts, ice cream and frozen desserts, yoghurts
  • Beverage Sector: fresh fruits juices, carbonated drinks, smoothies
  • Confectionery: sugar confectionery and chocolate
  • Soups, condiments, marinades and sauces

Product formulations are developed and tested at our state-of-the-art development kitchens, pilot-plant facilities, supported by a sensory testing laboratory for evaluating ingredient and product performance.

Our experts are also available to carry out factory visits to support the successful up-scaling of new formulations and associated processes.

Development of Healthy Products

Increasing government and consumer awareness of the link between diet and health is driving demand for healthier food products. While developments in ingredients have enabled new products to be developed, issues still remain around processability, sensory quality, shelf life and stability.

We are constantly developing and evaluating healthier versions of products, while maintaining product quality and shelf life, including:

  • Sugar reduction
  • Emulsifiers
  • Fat reduction (including replacement of Trans and saturated fats)
  • Sodium reduction
  • Vitamin and mineral fortification
  • Satiety, weight management and low Glycaemic Index (GI)
  • Addition of other functional ingredients
If you would like to make use of our Centre's of Excellence please contact one of the branches in Cape Town or Johannesburg  or email