The department is ready to consult with individuals, businesses, and government agencies on a wide variety of food and bioprocessing issues.
Entrepreneur Initiative for Food (ei4f)
Help is available for you from the Entrepreneur Initiative for Food, whether you only have an idea, are just starting up, or have already established a food-based business. From small, cottage-type industries to large processing plants, there is a variety of assistance available.
Sensory Service Center
The Sensory Service Center provides University and contract (proprietary) qualitative and/or quantitative sensory testings tailored to meet the needs of each client. This center also performs specific chemical analyses for identifying volatile components which impact sensory perception.
Food Product Testing Lab
The Food Product Testing Lab offers laboratory analyses for new food products and provides nutritional labeling. This service center offers processing guidelines and classifies your latest product according to state and federal regulations.
Food Rheology Lab
The Food Rheology Lab is available for University and contract laboratory services. The program also offers laboratory training opportunities, and affords education for students and industry professionals who are interested in learning more about the rheological properties of foods and/or pharmaceuticals.
The department offers seven different pilot plants, all dedicated to the advancement of knowledge in general disciplines and/or specific commodity areas. Six are located onsite (Schaub Hall) and used for aseptic processing and packaging applications with respect to dairy products, fruits and vegetables, high viscosity/particulates, meats, and visual imagery. The seventh facility, or Center of Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST), is located in Morehead City, NC. This program is focused on advancing innovative seafood technologies.