A systematic framework for product-centered processing is useful particularly in developing chemical-based consumer product manufacturing processes. The objective is to provide directions and guidelines toward the development of a process for manufacturing a product with the desired performance in reduced time and effort. The product performance, represented by several quality factors, is related to product ingredients and structural attributes, as well as the process flowsheet and operating conditions. The procedure consists of five steps. First, the product functionality, form, and packaging are defined. Second, relevant quality factors are identified. Third, necessary ingredients are selected and product microstructure is determined. Fourth, the manufacturing process is designed in light of the desired product properties. Limitations on achievable product quality are also identified. Finally, the product and process are evaluated with the help of experimental data. The framework is illustrated using industrial examples, including the production of dry toner, laundry detergent, shampoo, and cosmetic lotion.