763-475-0224 merlin@merlindev.com

Scientific. Creative. Experienced. Results Oriented.

Clients include start-ups to Fortune 100 companies in all food industry segments, both domestically and internationally.

About Us

In partnership with our customers, Merlin Development is committed to providing exceptional food product development, research and related services through science-based and culinary approaches and solutions that result in our mutual success.
Merlin’s philosophy is simple.  Creative design of prototypes, formulas, processes, and packaging, coupled with rigorous research standards will deliver superior results.  Our love of great tasting food, coupled with the use of sound scientific principles and precise experimentation helps transform today’s challenges into commercial successes.  Our goal is to have our clients’ products succeed in an increasingly competitive marketplace.


Merlin has in-depth experience across many product categories.  We couple that with real-world knowledge of commercial processes, operations, and consumer trends and behaviors.  We provide prototype development, technical analyses, sensory evaluation and support for process scale-up.  Merlin’s extensive network of resources completes our ability to provide world-class R&D capabilities to meet your project needs.

Merlin can provide a fresh perspective for concept and prototype development.  Clients utilize our scientists and culinary specialists to extend their research efforts.

Many products developed by Merlin have sustained in the marketplace for years

We are passionate about creating great tasting foods for today's market

Our Approach

Customized to Meet Your Specific Requirements

Merlin views each client and project as unique.  We design an approach to meet your individual project objectives, timetable, and budget.  Our strengths include providing new insight and approaches to difficult problems.  We provide a hands-on approach and ability to extend your research and development efforts.


Independent & Interactive


Projects are executed in phases


Collaborative with our clients


Effective technology transfer


Utilize the best resources for your project


Versatile blend of science & culinary art


At Merlin, we understand and honor our clients need for strict confidentiality. The vast majority of our clients remain private as a result.

Merlin is proud to serve many of the largest and most well known companies in the food industry. We judge our success on the sustainability of the products we help develop.

of the 10 largest food companies in the U.S. choose Merlin

Years of Success and Counting

Considering a Project?

Merlin will confirm the objectives and approaches, expected results, timing and costs through a written proposal.