Director - FIC North
Rutgers University Food Innovation Center
Nolan Lewin is the Director of the Rutgers University Food Innovation Center (FIC) North, a globally recognized food business incubator and economic development accelerator program of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) at Rutgers University. The FIC services both domestic and international food businesses with extensive programs in training and workforce development; customized and comprehensive business and technical mentoring services; and USDA- and FDA-inspected facilities that enable design, development, analysis, commercialization and manufacture of value-added food products for sale to retail and food-service markets.
Nolan is recognized as an experienced authority in diversified and complex manufacturing with a broad background of standards for efficient process operations, packaging and Continuous Improvement. During his 25+ year career in the food and beverage industry, he has demonstrated significant achievements with new business startups, mid-to-large sized and family-run companies, as well as restructuring and renovations. Nolan has a proven record of successful mentoring in all aspects of organizational development, employee training and technology advancements. His consistent record of significant achievements illustrate his ability to obtain maximum profitability: with an ability to combine quality and service through effective staff training, customer oriented policies and prompt, passionate attention to all business issues. In the private sector, Nolan has considerable leadership experiences in the specialty and perishable prepared foods industry, including fresh frozen, aseptic bottling, MAP and HPP processing. Previously, he served as Plant Manager at Lidestri Food and Drinks, providing leadership to over 150 employees, located at two facilities with over 200,000 square feet of operations. He oversaw the implementation of 2 new high speed aseptic bottling lines as well as Blow-mold bottle integration.
Prior to this, he served as Plant Manager for Stay Fresh Foods, where he was instrumental in the build out of the facility as well as the vessel and related utilities. As Plant Manager for Hanover Foods, Spring Glen division, Nolan revamped the Ready to Eat and Ready to Heat capabilities at the plant along with substantial equipment improvements. Earlier in his career, Nolan held positions of increasing responsibility as an Entrepreneur in Retail and Restaurant and Commissary capacities.
Nolan received a Bachelors in Communication from Rutgers College in 1982.