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Merlin has been combining science and creativity to successfully analyze, develop, and launch products for more than 30 years. We’ve seen a little bit of everything, but we work most frequently in:

  • Cookies, Crackers, Baked Goods
  • Baking Mixes, Ingredients, Icings, Fillings
  • Bars, Clusters, Granola
  • Popcorn, Chips, Puffed Snacks
  • RTD Beverages & Mixers
  • Instant Beverages
  • Meat & Seafood
  • Entreés & Side Dishes
  • Soups, Sauces, Dressings
  • Tortillas & Wraps
  • Fresh Produce, Fruits, Vegetables
  • Candy Chews & Gummies
  • Yogurt, Ice Cream, Smoothies
  • Sweeteners, Proteins, Fibers
  • Plant-Based Proteins
  • Health & Nutrition Ingredients


Merlin’s 9000 sq. ft. facility includes modular laboratories and kitchens that can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your project. An extensive inventory of equipment allows us to duplicate the process required for most products.

As an FDA-inspected facility, we can process small scale production batches for consumer testing or tradeshow sampling.

Merlin’s extensive network of resources completes our ability to provide world-class R&D capabilities to meet your project needs.

Industry Affiliations

Merlins are active in local and national scientific and culinary communities.  You may find us:

  • Institute of Food Technologists
  • Research Chefs Association
  • American Chemical Society
  • Low-Calorie Sweeteners Course at Merlin
  • Global Foods Forums presentations
  • Other speaking engagements
  • University collaborations
  • Scientific and trade publications
  • Patents
  • Industry trade shows and expos