The Flavor Research and Education Center

The Flavor Research and Education Center (FREC) is a partnership between academic researchers and industry leaders focused on the creation, exchange, and application of knowledge to drive innovation in the food flavor market space.  Our utility-inspired fundamental research platform develops solutions for industry and organizational members. 

The Flavor Center was initiated in 2011 at the University of Minnesota and relocated to The Ohio State University in 2016.  Ohio State’s unique strategic investment in agriculture and the new Discovery Theme’s initiative directly benefits FREC membership by fostering stronger academic/industry partnerships, and enhancing our environment for research, innovation and market-driven solutions.  The Flavor Research and Education Center at OSU provides a strong fundamental research platform for collaboration to foster cross-disciplinary food research to translate basic discoveries into applied outcomes. 

Through our collaborative research approach and outreach efforts, we strive to provide our partners with innovative solutions that will change the discussion about sustainable, nutritious, and healthy foods that also taste good.

Chris Simons, Sensory Center Director & Devin Peterson, FREC Director