CATALYST® program

Fast-track your product development with customized co-creation from Ingredion's experts

Accelerate new product development for a greater chance of success

Looking to launch a new food and beverage product or interested in updating a current product on the market? Unsure your team has the capacity or equipment to efficiently solve your challenges? Working with a dedicated outside R&D resource can be the right solution. But how can you be sure your development partner has the technical expertise and rich partner ecosystem needed for a faster and more successful launch?

Catalyst® is a holistic product development service model that allows you to create on-trend, in-demand food and beverage products by tapping into the vast resources available from Ingredion and our ecosystem partners.

With clear, mutual upfront commitments and an ecosystem of partner resources, we bring it all together for you — with shorter timelines and a higher chance of success.

How the CATALYST® program works harder for you

From our first discussion to the winning formulation on through your successful launch, we prioritize making your product development journey faster and more certain. Here's the breakout of how we deliver, in three main steps:

1. Tailor your development plan

Based on upfront dialog and completion of our project brief, we develop a thorough working proposal and service based payment plan to deliver on your targets, with well-defined and mutually agreed costs, timelines and deliverables. 

2. Formulate your solution

Our cross-functional team collaborates with you to develop, prototype, test and refine your end-formula, applying Ingredion's formulation expertise, and drawing on our comprehensive ingredient portfolio and/or solutions from other providers as needed. (When outside ingredients are called for, the sourcing contacts are always provided to you.)

3. Support you through launch and scale-up

To help make your idea-to-launch process seamless, your CATALYST® team can provide the full support and attention you need to hit the ground running — from process troubleshooting to identifying sourcing and manufacturing partners for your end product.

Creating customized solutions for your needs

From sharing strategic recommendations based on market insights, to providing formulation recommendations, and building prototypes, our team has the resources and technical expertise to create a customized solution for your formulation needs.

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Collaboration to a higher standard: What sets the CATALYST® program apart

Committed. Customized. Consumer-involved. With the CATALYST® approach to product development, you can count on the strength of Ingredion and its partner ecosystem to help you take on your toughest formulation challenges.

We're in it with you, and driven to create mutual value

Ingredion understands the potential challenges — and great upsides — of innovating with an outside formulation partner. That's why your CATALYST® program plan is founded on strong commitments, deep partnerships and vested interest by all participants.

  • Engagements based on clearly-defined timelines, deliverables and costs
  • Transparent, communicative approach helps drive results in a shorter period of time

The most capable ecosystem focused right where you need it

Your CATALYST® team is assembled from our extensive community of experts to address your specific application and ingredient needs, supported by our vast global team for further inspiration, insight and assistance. You can be sure you’re working with pros who understand your application, the ingredients and how to combine them for the best results.

  • Support from our marketing experts in identifying new consumer trends - from insights to concepts
  • A team of experienced R&D scientists and culinologists to assist in formulating your product.
  • Priority access to Ingredion's pilot plant facilities to test processes and optimize products
  • Agnostic, unbiased approach enables ingredient sourcing beyond Ingredion’s broad toolkit

End-to-end, holistic approach, customizable to you

Whether you have an idea that needs translating into a tangible, market-ready product, seek to discover new opportunities based on market or consumer needs, or need to edit a product formula you already have on the market, CATALYST® is here to help you achieve your goals..

  • Projects start with deep insights, strategy and consumer research to inform initial concepts
  • Rapid prototyping, testing and refinement process to validate assumptions for best chance of success
  • Complete support available for scale-up, co-manufacturing and more

Driving success without the silos

Our co-creation process goes beyond traditional ways of collaboration, by tapping a cross-functional team of partners with the category experience and knowhow to drive more success at every stage of your development process.

  • Insight & discovery
  • Concept creation
  • Prototyping & testing
  • Scale-up & co-manufacturing
  • Product launch
The Ingredion advantage

  • Deep formulation expertise and application knowhow
  • More than a century of food ingredient innovation
  • Proprietary research and tools that detail emerging trends

  • Five Ingredion Idea Labs® innovation centers around the world
  • Working pilot plants for efficient product development

  • Broad and global network of subject-matter experts