<h1>Innovation Center <span class="colored-text">Des Moines</span></h1>

Book your visit now <h2><strong>The impact of innovation</strong></h2> <p><strong>Welcome to the Innovation Center Des Moines, where you can experience how Marel’s systems and solutions can impact your food production, staff knowledge and operational outcomes.</strong></p> <p>Our facility can replicate specific plant and product conditions, produce a digital record of product trials and qualify return on investment. We can also continue to support you after you purchase Marel equipment with product testing and new product development.</p>

Customized demonstrations

We offer you individual customized demonstrations that allow you to see firsthand how well Marel equipment creates products that fully satisfy your predetermined requirements. We can also provide an opportunity to run product testing with certain Marel equipment and support new product development, allowing your facility to focus on full production.

The Innovation Center team in Des Moines is ready to show you Marel’s line of innovative processing equipment for the meat, poultry and fish industries.

At the Innovation Center Des Moines 

  • You will work side-by-side with Marel specialists and food technologists to explore the best solution for you
  • You have access to state of the art facilities that simulate real plant conditions
  • You can send in your own raw material or our staff can source it locally

You can

  • Discover how to maximize the quality, yield and throughput of your production
  • Improve existing products and become more efficient, more sustainable and more profitable
  • Develop new products with our mutual knowledge and experience

Improve processing

  • Have us take care of all demonstration arrangements to ensure a successful visit
  • Try out our equipment and software with hands-on testing of Marel equipment


Located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, our facilities are just a few minutes’ drive from the Des Moines International Airport (DSM). Our Innovation Center is ready to host you and your team for hands-on demonstrations and more. We can simulate real plant environments that allow us to replicate your specific plant and production conditions, produce a digital record of product trials and qualify your return on investment.

The versatility of our facility allows for a wide range of possible machine layouts to suite specific needs of any in-house demonstration. Our team of food technologist, product specialists and engineers is ready to support your inspection, portioning, forming, skinning, sausage making and much more.

401 SW 7th Street
Des Moines, IA 50309

Tel. +1 265-8181
Email: info.us@marel.com


  • We tailor the visit to your requirements
  • We offer over 6000 sq ft of wet and dry demo space, capable of varying cooling temperatures
  • We offer 5 meeting rooms able to hold 2-60 people


  • Send in your own raw material or our staff can source it locally
  • Host your own meeting to alleviate the distractions of your office
  • Run tests, demos and product trials in a quality setting


  • Test kitchen with a full spice room and analytical tools
  • Meat preparation and cooking equipment
  • 3 walk-in coolers and freezers

Visit us

The Innovation Center Des Moines is open all year and available for more than equipment demonstrations. You can book your visit through your regular Marel contact person or directly via our email info.us@marel.com

At the Innovation Center Des Moines 

  • We take care of all preparations in connection to the visit
  • We assist you with the raw material to test
  • You can either store what you bring or we procure what you need

You can

Develop and test new products

For more information, contact your local Marel representative or us directly at: info.us@marel.com


Here you can find some of the most common question on the practical side of preparing for a demo.

How close is the Innovation Center to the Des Moines International Airport, hotels and hospitality?

We are only a short 10-minute drive from the airport and conveniently located in downtown Des Moines.  We are within walking distance to multiple hotels and restaurants.

What support equipment is available?

In addition to the equipment listed on our facilities page, we have:
  • Gloves
  • Knives
  • Cutting boards
  • PPE
  • Mixing bowls
  • Scales
  • Shelf carts
  • Speed racks and trays
  • Meat buggies
  • Spices
  • Functional ingredients

Where do we send our raw materials for testing?

Please send products to:

Attn. Ron Curry
401 SW 7th Street
Des Moines, IA 50309

When are you open for unloading?

The Des Moines Innovation Center is open during normal business hours but special arrangements can be made outside the hours of 8am to 5pm.

What is your freezer/cooler capacity?

We have three 12’ x 12’ storage coolers:

  • Freezer set at -13 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Cooler set at 28 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Cooler set at 36 degrees Fahrenheit

What loading equipment do you have?

We have:

  • Forklifts with capacities up to 7500 lbs.
  • Certified loaders/unloaders
  • A loading/unloading dock for trailers to back directly up to and drive off