Research and Product Development


TSL has assisted companies in multiple countries to develop new products from concept through to product roll-out, as well as improving existing products.  We have developed for more than 50 new products for clients which are being sold globally.  TSL’s product development services include:

• Identification and sourcing of raw materials

• Preparation and development of prototype formulations.

• Product concept testing and proofing

• Product optimization to select final prototypes

• Benchtop trials and analyses

• Development of quality assurance and production procedures for the new and existing products

• Technical guidance and support at pre-production trial runs

• Guidance in designing packaging concepts and sourcing packaging for all products

• Assessment and guidance in label declarations

• Final consumer sensory evaluations to determine the acceptability of the finished products.


Selected major accomplishments for the company include the following, the majority of which are published:

• The application of scientific research and presentation of technical information to UK, US and Canadian authorities separately, to allow the exports of ackee fruit valued at approximately $20M USD per annum from Jamaica to the UK, Canada and the USA. This involved coordinating and undertaking significant scientific research (now published) to convince the authorities that there was a scientific underpinning to the safe production of ackees for export. This process involved changing Jamaica’s regulatory regime, training processors and inspectors and successfully transforming the sector through the introduction of HACCP-based food safety systems (1999-2000).

• After the re-imposition of the import alert on ackee in the USA in 2006, additional work was done to characterize the nature of the problem and elucidate the mechanism of the rise in hypoglycin (toxin) levels. This was followed by the development and implementation of effective, science-based mitigation methods that allowed the FDA to lift the import alert again and allow exports to re-commence.

• TSL Undertook pioneering work on Alicyclobacillus to characterize the organism and then develop and implement effective mitigation strategies for this serious economic threat to the beverage industry in 2004. This work remains the only such published work from the Caribbean region.

• Research and development of science-based approaches to improving the production, quality and shelf life of bottled coconut water (2004-2007) that has become a best practice for the bottled coconut water industry globally and is being applied by the UNFAO through its guidance document (2007) for all producer regions of the world.