Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Corporate Member Spotlight Series - Kalsec

Welcome to the next addition to our new series, “AOCS Corporate Member Spotlights”!

This series features different corporate members to help us learn more about their company and what they do to improve the science and technology of oils, fats, surfactants, detergents and more!

This week, Sterling Bollman, the head of Advertising and Sponsorship Sales at AOCS, talked with Dr. Roger Nahas, the Senior VP of Global R&D of Kalsec, an ingredient extract company headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. In this conversation, AOCS learned about innovations Kalsec has developed and what really sets them apart from their competitors. So, please enjoy our next installment in the Corporate Member Spotlight series and learn more about Kalsec.

Hi Dr. Nahas. First, thank you so much for joining me today to talk about your company. I know lots of companies are incredibly busy during this time, so I appreciate you taking time out of your schedule. My first question for you is, what type of products and services does Kalsic provide? 

When you let us know of this opportunity, we were more than happy to shed more light on our company. Kalsec has been a leader in the ingredient-extract industry for over sixty years. Our foundation is built on innovation and harnessing what nature offers to deliver the highest quality and most trusted products in the industry. Our broad range of products and services meet and exceed food and beverage manufacturer’s needs – natural colors, spice and herb flavor extracts, natural antioxidants and advanced hop products. Each product group is fueled and supported by a world-class research and development team, which includes global applications, sensory and analytical teams and capabilities. 

Thanks for that background information. Now, I’m sure there are a lot of other companies specializing in the same field as Kalsec. What sets your company apart from the competitors?

Kalsec is different from other companies because we have a high level of dependence on science and innovation while maintaining superior quality with customized solutions and a collaborative approach. 

In this field especially, growth and innovation are crucial for a company’s health. What are some recent innovations at Kalsec that you’re most proud of? 

Kalsec is proud of several recent innovations, but we will highlight two of the most recent ones. To begin, we created an innovation platform in the area of food protection, which combines both antioxidants and antimicrobials. Our other area of innovation where we have allocated resources is finding unique, clean-label solutions for plant-based alternative proteins. 

Now, so far, 2020 has been an incredibly trying year for a lot of companies due to the COVID-19 outbreak. How has the pandemic affected your company and what do you foresee being the biggest challenges from here on out?

Kalsec has taken this time to re-focus our efforts on employee safety while providing much-needed support for the essential businesses we cater to. We learned a lot about our strengths as a team and the level of solidarity and innovation that comes out of a crisis. We also leveraged on our current practices to seek out unique future opportunities. As far as upcoming challenges from now until the foreseeable future, the overall global economy and the uncertainty in the supply chain is going to have a major impact. 

Thanks again Dr. Nahas for teaching us a bit more about what you and Kalsec are doing. This was incredibly enlightening, and I hope other readers find it as informational as I have. Before I let you go, I have one more question for you. Why is being a Corporate member of AOCS important to you and Kalsec? 

Kalsec is all about community and people. We value investing time, dollars and resources into partnerships that will both drive our business forward and support the industries in which we are heavily invested in. Being an AOCS Corporate Member allows us to connect with both current and prospective companies as well as having ample opportunity to both speak to and learn about new innovations and product development in the oils industry. 

Thanks for reading and thank you to Dr. Roger Nahas and his colleagues at Kalsec for taking part in our AOCS Corporate Member Spotlight Series. Make sure to visit their website, subscribe to their blog, follow them on Twitter, Instagram and connect with them on LinkedIn! Join us next time to see who we feature next!

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