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At our core, we are a group of scientists. In addition to food science, we have studied biotechnology, chemistry, microbiology, chemical engineering, and more.


We are also trained in culinary arts, product design, and ideation. We are inventors and innovators.


Our team has an average of 20 years of industry experience. We’ve worked across categories including frozen meals, beverage, soup bases, dressings, cultured dairy, fats and oils, sweeteners, seasoning blends, confections, extruded cereals, plant-based products, and snacks. With Merlin, you get instant access to experts who can navigate the development and launch of new products.

Our Mission

In partnership with our clients, Merlin Development is committed to providing exceptional food product development, research, and related services through science-based and culinary solutions that result in our mutual success.

Our Philosophy

  • Creative design of prototypes, formulas, processes, and packaging, coupled with rigorous research standards, delivers superior results.
  • Our love of great-tasting food, combined with sound scientific principles and precise experimentation, can transform challenges into successful products.
  • We strive to have our clients’ products succeed in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Our Clients

Merlin is proud to serve many of the largest and most well-known companies in the food industry, as well as new emerging brands.

We understand and honor our clients’ need for strict confidentiality. As a result, the vast majority of our clients remain private.

We work with:

  • Large CPG companies
  • Mid-size companies
  • Entrepreneurs and start-ups
  • Ingredient companies
  • Retail
  • Foodservice
  • Branded
  • Private Label