Our Labs

At AFB International’s global headquarters, Lovejoy Resource Center (LRC) brings together dedicated research and development professionals in a state-of-the-art facility, featuring 16,000 square feet for research and development and a 30,000-square-foot process research lab.


AFB’s cutting-edge flavor research gives us a competitive advantage. Cellular and molecular research combines with new sensory behavioral research that examines how cats and dogs use their senses of taste, smell, texture and temperature to select their preferred foods.

AFB’s advanced research and development laboratories include facilities for:

  • Discovery research: Developing novel flavors for the future
  • Product development: Efficiently preparing winning formulations
  • Chemosensory biology research: Advancing understanding of how animals experience the food they eat
  • Analysis: Revealing the “whys” behind pet food and flavor performance


Our process research laboratory, a unique customer resource, features a pilot-sized, scalable manufacturing platform capable of producing palatants, as well as dog and cat food models. Here AFB monitors and refines product performance with an emphasis on reducing development time and streamlining manufacturing.

AFB’s process research lab and pilot plant offer:

For dry pet food products

  • Single screw extruder
  • Spray dryer
  • Pneumatic extrudate conveyance
  • Conveyor dryer
  • Baking oven
  • Drum, in-line and vacuum coating systems

For wet pet food products

  • Fully integrated meats room
  • Canning operation
  • Retort

Contact AFB about how you can use this cutting-edge lab and pilot plant for your product development and testing needs.