Our Process

Small Scale Trial Room

Choosing the right manufacturer to make your concept a reality is an important decision.  At Georgia Nut Company, we have simplified the R&D process to product development so you can focus on other aspects of your business.  The Rose F. Musso Innovation Center embodies our commitment to innovation.  Our 3,000 square foot facility houses unique raw materials for testing and several units capable of replication full-scale production from Sugar Panning to Hot Panning.  Our small-scale Enrober also allows us to test concepts and topical applications prior to hitting the floor.  The benefit to our customer is quick and efficient feedback without the need for an costly trial.

Our talented and experienced R&D team will stop at nothing to turn your idea into the newest snacking craze!   You will benefit from working with experts that have experience in numerous food categories, including:

  • Confections
  • Gourmet Chocolates
  • Bakery Inclusions
  • Cereal Inclusions
  • Ice Cream Products
  • Nutritional Products
  • Neutraceuticals
  • Beverages
  • Snack & Trail Mix Products
  • Clean Label Products
  • Pastry
  • Restaurant & Foodservice

Georgia Nut Company’s commitment and approach to innovation is what has propelled us to be one of the leading contract manufacturers of confections and snack mixes in the industry.  Check out our R&D Process below!


Have an innovative idea for a food product, but not sure where to start? Whether it is a snack mix or a bakery inclusion, we can help! Our R&D Process begins with a Concept Consultation. This is where we will work with your company to review your concept and outline any key product attributes (i.e. label claims, natural colors, nutritional targets, price targets) you would like us to focus on. Our team of experts will work closely with your company to spot new snacking trends and make recommendations as to how we can deliver optimal value.
Once we have created a project brief, it is time to make some magic happen in the Rose F. Musso Innovation Center. Our R&D facility includes a full kitchen, lab pans, mixing tables, and everything else we need to create your prototypes on a small scale. Samples will be sent to your company for review and we will work together to refine your product’s sensory, appearance, and nutritional values. A second round of samples can always be prepared if necessary.
Your prototypes are perfect! They look great and the flavor packs a punch that your customers will love. Now it is time to scale-up your product in our plant to ensure optimization of the formula and throughputs. You are more than welcome to attend and participate in our final review before the “Big Day”.
Congratulations! The “Big Day” has arrived where we will officially be producing your concept for everyone. We have finalized costing, purchased any unique raw materials, and setup unique item #’s for your finished goods.  Pat yourself on the back and enjoy the fruits of your labor. You are more than welcome to come in and observe. Our Operations Team will be on-hand to ensure the highest level of quality and address any questions you may have. We can even give you a tour of our facility, and begin discussing your next product launch.

Our Research and Development Team

Richard Hauber

Innovation Manager

Tracy Mulcahy

R&D Scientist

Sergio Barrera

R&D Technician