Deli Star Corp., Fayetteville, Ill., opened the doors to its new Innovation Center in downtown St. Louis. This venture is the company’s first investment in Missouri in its 28-year history, and demonstrates its commitment to research and development.

The new Innovation Center features a state-of-the-art, restaurant-style kitchen for R&D with adjoining conference rooms, employee offices and additional meeting spaces. Customers will work side-by-side with Deli Star’s R&D team and chefs, fueling collaboration in creating innovative protein solutions for the foodservice industry.

“Our new second home provides a custom location to help our customers grow, while giving us an arena to showcase our products, speed R&D and boost our AMVAC fresh meat division,” says Justin Siegel, president. “The center’s close proximity to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and the St. Louis metro area’s business zone makes it an ideal and enticing place for us to welcome our existing partners and potential new partners.

“We are committed to bringing products to our customers and to the market quicker than any of our competitors, and this Innovation Center, centrally located in the U.S., will allow us to best do so,” Siegel adds. “The center will provide an even greater commitment to our research and development, one of Deli Star’s core values that help us to align our purpose and vision.”