The Rutgers Food Innovation Center, located in New Jersey and at the gateway to the US marketplace, is a unique food business innovation and incubation program worldwide and an internationally recognized Soft Landings program, supporting global food businesses with:
- Professional expertise in food marketing, operations, technical and regulatory issues
- FDA and USDA-inspected facilities in which your product can be produced for sale to the public, minimizing the time and cost for entering the US marketplace
- Market Research, and Product, Process and Packaging Development
- Logistics, Supply Chain, Sales, and Distribution Strategy
- Food Safety Strategy, and Training in new FDA/FSMA Regulations
An overview of our global programs can be printed at this link (PDF)
We currently have global clients that originate from Spain, Greece, Israel, Italy, Switzerland, Jamaica, and Columbia, and we also have Memoranda of Understanding (MOU’s) in place with international organizations as well. Information on our Healthy, Functional, and Medical Foods Alliance in Israel can be seen here
Our strategic location is ideal for food business as we are:
- Centrally located between the extremely large, diverse, and affluent US population centers of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, and Boston
- Centrally located near to Port Newark, which is the largest transportation hub on the entire East Coast, as well as the Ports of Paulsboro/Camden/Philadelphia. New Jersey also has one of the largest concentrations of warehousing and distribution space, by square footage, in the entire US
The Rutgers FIC partners with various county and state agencies to support international food companies that are interested in establishing a US presence, including Choose NJ, the NJ Business Action Center, and the Cumberland County Improvement Authority
The Rutgers Food Innovation Center founded a global network of food business incubators, accelerators, and shared-use kitchens called the Food Business Incubation Network (FoodBIN), in partnership with the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA).
The Rutgers Food Innovation Center partners with a variety of global organizations, including economic development agencies, universities, and venture capital groups, that are seeking to support food businesses interested in establishing a US presence or identify US food industry partners.