Champlain, Quebec City, Canada—Diana Food has opened a new Research and Development laboratory to drive its innovation in Consumer Health products, according to a press release. The center will support a nearby facility where Diana produces nutritional ingredients for use in health solutions.

The facility, according to the release, is placed strategically: its proximity to the Consumer Health plant allows for easy transfer of knowledge and technology, and helps transfer innovation into scalable manufacturing; and the center is close to Quebec’s little fruits producing region, providing access to natural resources.

The facility will focus on the creation of new products and processes. The team, which includes scientists from Diana’s labs in France, will extract polyphenols from locally sourced materials and explore their application in health offerings like dietary supplements. Rob Evans, director of R&D at Diana Food, said in the release: “These scientists are experts in the consumer health market and those coming from France bring with them prior expertise that will help expedite local development and testing.”

Evans added, “The decision to create this new lab emphasizes Diana’s commitment to the market, the North American scientific community, and the company’s long-term growth in the consumer health category.”