Performing a large machinery efficiency test run is required for all custom formulations prior to a first true production run. This item (the 'Express' efficiency test) is ideal for clients who would like to have their test run performed very quickly - within 2-3 weeks of placing the order (please note: this will be delayed if we do not have all of your ingredients in our facility already and/or any ingredients need to be special ordered for you).
This test run allows you to see exactly how large scale machinery will impact the shape, color and texture of your custom bar recipe because large scale production always causes some changes compared to small scale R&D 'bench' samples.
Unlike the other test runs we offer, we are able to schedule this with such a tight timeline because we perform these test runs on our secondary 'test' extrusion equipment in our innovation kitchen instead of in our main facility. This won't impact the look or feel of the bars, but protocols are different and so this test only results in two sample bars in clear packages.
The below price is the price to perform the express large scale test per flavor / recipe.
*Please note that these bars are produced simply as a sample of large scale run bars and so you will receive just two bars from this run to approve. If your bars 'fail' this test (ie; they don't run through our large scale machinery) we will recommend changes in order to fix this and run the test again. Lede time on this is just 2.5 weeks from the date of order to the date of the test or 2.5 weeks from the date that all of your ingredients (if you have special ingredients) arrive in our facility, whichever is later. Please note that occasionally the kitchen cannot recommend the express test for certain formulas, and must require the standard efficiency test. Our team will let you know immediately if that is the case with your formula and the reasons for that. Please also note that this test is identical to the $500 express efficiency test that is offered in the R&D package, but the $500 test is subsidized by that process, and the cost for this is $2,000 if the test is outside of, or in addition to, that process (ie; for more than one recipe version).