Steuben Foods engaged BJH, along with JLD+P, to develop a repositioning concept for its existing manufacturing campus in Jamaica, Queens, a dense mixed-use urban area that has suffered from periods of severe underinvestment. The strategy recommended investing in an expanded pilot plant/food technology partnership center – the Innovation Center – while rationalizing and downsizing more traditional manufacturing processing. Steuben, which is engaged in aseptic processing and packaging solutions for a variety of foods, soups, drinks and dairy products, began as a traditional manufacturer of yogurt over 30 years ago. Aseptic processing and packaging is an advanced form of manufacturing that involves flash heating of juices, soups, drinks, dairy products and other foods, and placing them in sterile containers. The process, which is widely embraced in Europe, requires special equipment and “clean-room” environments. The entire process uses less energy and allows for greater nutrient retention due to the minimal level of processing.
With the help of BJH, Steuben received Regional Council support for an allocation of New York State tax credits for new investment and job growth for the Innovation Center. In return, the public sector benefits from private commitment to R&D.