UACES Facebook Workshop will teach how to start a food processing business

Workshop will teach how to start a food processing business

By Fred Miller
U of A Division of Agriculture
April 22, 2016 

Fast Facts:

  • May 18 workshop will examine how to take a product from concept to market
  • Topics will include how to start a food processing business
  • Five participants will be selected to receive assistance for commercializing their product 

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Turning a favorite recipe into a marketable product requires more than simply scaling up.

“Starting a Food Processing Business,” a workshop presented by the Arkansas Food Innovation Center, will train participants in the process of taking a product from concept to commercial market. The AFIC is a service of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Arkansas Food Innovation Program

The workshop will be held May 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the division’s Food Science Building, located at the Arkansas Agricultural Research and Extensions Center in Fayetteville.

The workshop will cover the fundamentals of starting a food processing business. Participants will learn about related laws and regulations, business plans and marketing, food processing and equipment, packaging and labeling and other essential information.

Five participants will be selected on a competitive basis to receive personalized assistance with commercializing their product at the AFIC.

For information about the AFIC or the workshop, contact Dr. Renee Threfall at 479-575-4677 or by email at rthrelf@uark.edu

The Division of Agriculture created the Arkansas Food Innovation Center to provide commercial food processing facilities and research-based expert assistance to help both entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations start locally based food systems and industries.

 

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. 

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact Renee Threlfall at as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.   

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By Mary Hightower
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu

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