These resources make getting research and development information easier than ever.
In food manufacturing, changing consumer preferences, new ingredients and food safety requirements all drive change. Your company must innovate to stay in business. If you need to augment your existing resources to get it done, these centers may be able to help.
Purdue Universitys Center for Integrated Food Manufacturing
At Purdue, in West Lafayette, Ind., food scientists work with engineers to understand, optimize and design processes, control systems and industrial networks for food production. They are working on smart sensors and field devices, process models incorporating fundamental food chemistry and microbiology principles, and predictive models encompassing overall plant operations. The pilot laboratory is a model manufacturing facility with state-of-the-art automation and control devices, allowing manufacturers to prototype processes before committing to full production.
Center for Innovative Food Technology
In Toledo, Ohio, researchers at the center work with USDA Research Services, NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnerships, food processors, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, and university researchers to improve the region's agribusiness competitiveness. The teams report the development of new technologies, industry best practices and novel business approaches.
Food Innovation Center
Rutgers University and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station established the center, in Bridgeton, N.J., to address the needs of New Jersey's food industry. It helps companies with product and market development, regulatory and permit obstacles, financial and sales support, workforce development and training, and access to processing equipment. With online and live training, a Food Entrepreneurs Network, and a 23,000 sq. ft. incubator facility, the center supports product design, development, analysis, commercialization and ongoing manufacturing of food products.
If you don't have easy access to any of these centers, look to your USDA Extension Service or a nearby university's agriculture department for local resources.
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