The Food Innovation Center offers six seminars created for entrepreneurs who are developing a food product. These seminars provide basic and valuable information that will help entrepreneurs, start-ups, and food industry members understand the many requirements for developing any new food products. Attendees will receive reference and resource material handouts.

Each seminar meets for two hours. The first two sessions provide overviews and basic concepts ,while the third and fourth sessions explore specific topics in more depth. The fifth session offers tips from professional chefs on various subjects and the sixth session delves into the value and effectiveness of using social media for publicity. Cost per seminar is $110. Save $60 when you sign up for all six seminars and pay $600 instead of $660. Each seminar meets on Fridays from 2:00-4:00pm at the Food Innovation Center.

Session 1 Start-Up Overview –
Learn about product formulation, nutrition labeling, and food safety.

Session 2 Start-Up Overview –
Addresses processing, packaging and shelf life studies.

Session 3 Packaging –
Discusses the importance of selecting the right food packaging and conducting shelf life testing for food products.

Session 4 Food Safety –
Gain valuable knowledge food safety fundamentals: microbial hazards, water activity, pH testing, temperature, etc.

Session 5 Culinary Overview –
Spend two hours covering a wide range of topics and techniques including basic skills, practical applications, and valuable tips for ease of processes. Pre-Session Input is Required.

Session 6 Social Media –
Gain insight on the value of using social media for publicity and networking. Decide whether or not using this tool can help your start-up business grow.


Check out the Events calendar for upcoming sessions or call 503-872-6680 to register for Fridays@FIC.