Kroger Opens Culinary Innovation Center

Kroger has opened a Culinary Innovation Center that will allow the company to accelerate product development for its Our Brands product line while also researching restaurant concepts and host food tastings, company officials said.

Located in Cincinnati, the 12,000-square foot facility features a commercial kitchen with multiple cooking stations and is equipped with video technology that allows for streaming of educational sessions to Kroger employees around the country.

“As we focus on redefining the customer experience and developing talent through food inspiration and uplift, as outlined in Restock Kroger, this R&D lab will allow us to accelerate product development for Our Brands, produce new recipes for Prep + Pared Meal Kits, explore new restaurant concepts, host food tastings and focus groups, and increase our associates’ culinary knowledge,” said Daniel Hammer, Kroger’s vp/culinary development and new business.

“The center gives our culinary team a fun, modern space to innovate and experiment with food trends, flavors, and ingredients to create new experiences for our customers,” Hammer said.