Walmart builds sensory lab to test products

Posted: June 1, 2016 at 1 a.m.

The Walmart Culinary & Innovation Center recently opened to allow the company to expand product testing.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. always has placed a priority on having the right products on the shelves at the right time and at the right price.

Culinary & Innovation Center

The Culinary & Innovation Center located at Walmart’s Home Office will enable the Walmart U.S. business to test quality and think about the next great food, beverage, consumable and over-the-counter items for its customers. Walmart will use the space to both test its private brand items and work alongside national brand suppliers. Sam’s Club operates a food sensory lab as well.

The facility is approximately 12,000 square feet and includes:

• 10 kitchens, including a theater style chef’s kitchen and replicas of the bakery and deli kitchens found in most of our stores

• Adult beverage testing lab and consumables testing lab

• Double-sided sensory testing lab that can accommodate twelve individual customer taste tests at a time

• Meeting space, laundry and dishwashing areas

Source: Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

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