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R&D Pilot Plant Continues to Break New Ground

Milne’s new Research and Development pilot plant has begun providing a wide range of operational capabilities to provide cost-effective, efficient development of new products to meet customer needs.

A scaled-down version of the Nampa, ID processing facility has been in operation at the R&D pilot plant in Prosser, WA for more than a month. The plant is generating smaller batches of the same MicroDried blueberry, blackberry and raspberry products as the larger facility, and also has a grinding mill to produce powders from dried berries.

“Beginning in January, we’ll start producing more conventional products such as the concentrates, purees and extracts we process in our main facility, except on a smaller scale,” said Eric Johnson, R&D process development manager. “We’ll work with customers to evaluate different types of fruits, such as specific varieties of berries or grapes, or look at the different particle sizes in a puree. This plant will allow us to develop samples that are tailored to our customers’ needs.

If you would like to tour the new pilot plant, or discuss product development, please contact Shannon Elkins, director of sales, at 509-786-2611 or

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804 Bennett Avenue • Prosser, WA 99350 USA
Phone: 509.786.2611 •  Fax: 509.786.1724