Stellar Successfully Delivers Rubix Foods Innovation Center
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Oct.14, 2022) — Stellar is pleased to announce the completion and opening of the Rubix Foods Innovation Center in Jacksonville, Florida, for client Rubix Foods, a leading culinary and food science-focused provider of flavor and functional ingredients. The facility celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, attended by representatives from Rubix Foods, Arbor Investments, Box Studios and Stellar.
Stellar, a fully integrated firm focused on design, engineering, construction and mechanical services worldwide, designed and constructed the 50,000-square-foot facility where Rubix Foods will partner with its customers to streamline and accelerate their food technology innovation. The facility will also serve as Rubix Foods’ new corporate headquarters.
The $21.5-million project broke ground in October 2020 and was completed in June 2022.
“It’s rewarding to see our team hand over this great project knowing it will help usher in a new era of R&D success for our client,” said Mike Santarone, Stellar CEO.
The first-of-its-kind facility is designed to optimize innovation by centralizing the company’s departments — from research to rollout — and equipping them with cutting-edge technologies that expedite their speed to market and enable them to remain ahead of the competition.
“Here we have all the talent, technology and tools to deliver food innovation from research to rollout, all under one roof at unparalleled speed — a fully commercialized formula ready in days rather than months,” said Andy Block, Rubix Foods CEO.
The Rubix Foods Innovation Center includes:
- State-of-the-art show kitchen for in-person and virtual demonstrations
- Top-of-the-line R&D lab for prototype development and evaluation
- Industry-leading R&D test kitchen with advanced equipment to emulate customers’ operations
- Two cutting-edge pilot plants to simulate real-world manufacturing
- Full-scale sensory panel and dedicated market research and consumer insight facilities
- Extensive food safety and quality assurance capabilities
- Welfare areas and a rooftop patio
Stellar performed mechanical and plumbing aspects of this project, and partnered with Matthews Design Group to perform the civil design, site work, utilities and paving. Box Studios provided interior and exterior design services; Harbinger Sign manufactured and installed signage elements; and Youts Design Inc. developed way-finding signage and other visual elements.
The Rubix Foods Innovation Center is located at 13203 Flagler Center Blvd. in Jacksonville, Florida.
About Rubix Foods
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, since its founding as Darifair in 1981, Rubix Foods is a leading culinary and food science-focused provider of flavor and functional ingredients, offering up insight-driven concepts and breakthrough food solutions for industry leading restaurants, retailers and manufacturers in the United States. Led by the Block family for four generations, the company partnered with private equity firm Arbor Investments in 2019 to accelerate growth and unlock new sales channels and opportunities. Rubix employs a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in their customers’ worlds of consumer-packaged goods, manufacturing and foodservice, giving them unmatched insight into developing targeted solutions.