Food-to-go development business Food Service Centre (FSC) has introduced a new innovation centre facility, to support the development of new products.

FSC invested more than £750,000 in the facility after the business grew, requiring a more robust development kitchen as the business has moved on.

Housed within a converted chapel in Flax Bourton, the bigger space offers the team room to research and test the latest concepts in areas such as bakery and confectionary, hot and cold sandwiches, salads, drinks, snacks, smoothies and juices.

FSC head of the business James Simpson said he wanted to make sure the additional space in the centre would encourage creativity within the team, with a number of different and flexible working areas.

Simpson told Verdict Foodservice: “We really needed a creative environment to inspire not only the people that work for us but for people that come to visit.”

FSC works with clients across the globe including, Shell UK (deli2go), Dunelm, Thorntons, Tchibo, Debenhams, Insomnia, Esquires, Autogrill and Statoil.

Simpson said: “Our main focus is companies that have a big opportunity for selling food but their core focus is on something else.”

As well as the food-to-go sector FSC also operates across the convenience retail, forecourt retail, grocery retail and café/ coffee shop sectors.

Simpson said that after being in operation for 30 years, he is now looking to develop the firm’s reach as a one-stop-shop for all elements of businesses.

“We aim over the next five years to expand our product scope beyond the world of just food-to-go,” he said.

He added that he hopes the new centre will be an important visual demonstration to FSC’s commitment and competence in innovation.

“It’s a hugely exciting time for our business and we can’t wait to demonstrate to current clients as well as new clients why The FSC Group is the go-to business in the food-to-go sector,” he said.