Specialty Food Processing Facility

Admitted companies can both test and produce retail and foodservice products in four USDA- and FDA-inspected processing rooms on either a daily rental or long-term basis.

The food incubator facility layout includes a Shared-Use Processing Area and a Client Services Area in support of the capabilities listed below. 

The Shared-Use Processing Area (highlighted in green and blue colors on the diagram above) enables a broad range of value-added agricultural and food products to be produced such as, jams, jellies, soups, sauces, beverages, baked goods, frozen entrees and side dishes entrees, etc.

The Client Services Area (highlighted in gold and red colors on the diagram above) allows for both business and technical mentoring and training services.  Dependent on the Scope of Work for a project, clients can be assisted from concept development, to commercialization, to development of a marketing and selling strategy by Food Innovation Center staff.  Likewise, a client may only have the need for assistance with a specific deliverable, such as sensory evaluation of a product.  The Scope of Work, budget and timeline is always customized for each client.  The Food Innovation Center does not recommend or perform services using a “cookie-cutter” approach.  It is critical that we understand each client’s goals, and develop project deliverables based on specific goals and client knowledge and capabilities. 


  1. Refrigerated Foods Processing Room
  2. Beverages and Hot Processing Room
  3. Bakery and Dry Processing Room
  4. Cold Assembly/Clean Room