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.  Rates for Business and Technical Mentoring is based on the individual project.  To get started, please click to the "How to Work with Us" section for FIC’s admission procedures

Business Mentoring Services include:
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 Food Business Pitch and Ideation Session
Funding Resources 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