Food Innovation Center Services
The Food Innovation Center offers client companies integrated support in a full range of services that include:
Business Mentoring Services
The Rutgers Food Innovation Center provides services under a Business and Technical Mentoring Model. By following the Business and Technical Mentoring Model the Food Innovation Center assesses a client’s needs and proposes a scope of work, providing ongoing advice and assistance and specific deliverables within a designated period of time. Business and Technical Mentoring provides a client with professional, relevant and objective perspectives on ongoing day-to-day issues. Our portfolio of services is outlined below.
The Business and Technical Mentoring Program assesses each client’s needs and recommends a scope of work for achieving their business goals in a practical manner. Clients are charged a rate of $100/hr for time spent on their project.
|Management Strategy||Marketing and Sales Strategy|
|Business Plan Development||Strategic Analysis|
|Strategic Plan Development||Market Assessment|
|Organizational Structure||Marketing Analysis|
|Legal Structure||Marketing Plan Development|
|Crisis Management Planning||Distribution|
|Finance and Accounting Strategy||Pricing strategy|
|Bookkeeping Basics||International Trade Strategy|
Manufacturing and Operations
The Food Innovation Center’s processing facility meets all federal and state requirements for producing commercial food products under USDA and FDA regulations. The facility can accommodate a wide array of products requiring:
Hot Processing: beverages, sauces, jamsjellies, soups/stews, hot fill entrees, condiments, etc.
Dry Processing: baked pies, breads, cookies, dehydrated products, like dried herbs, snack mixes, etc.
Cold Processing: fresh cut fruits and vegetables, salad mixes, etc.
Cold Assembly: products requiring a “clean room”
Manufacturing and Operations Services Include:
|Production and Processing||Regulatory Assistance|
|Sourcing Raw Materials||Food Safety|
|Quality Assurance||Mock Auditing|
Product Development Services
Product Development services encompass the breadth of tasks needed to bring a food idea into commercial production. Product development services are customized to client needs and requirements. Product development services may be implemented into the overall Business Mentoring program or can be selected independently.
Product Development Services Include:
|New Product Development||Label Development|
|Product Preparation & Handling Instructions||Sensory Evaluation|
|Package Development||Analytical Testing|
|Product Optimization/Expansion||Microbiological Testing|
|Production of Commercial Samples for Market Research and Test Market|