- Who We Are
- Product Development
- Sensory Testing
- Food Safety
The Food Innovation Center (FIC) Agricultural Experiment Station is located in Portland, OR. The FIC is a resource for client based product and process development, packaging engineering and shelf life studies, and consumer sensory testing. Research work is conducted to develop innovative processing and packaging technologies. The FIC also engages in scholarly research in agricultural economics and marketing. The Agricultural Development and Marketing division of the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) located at the FIC provides local, national, and international marketing access and development.
Our clients include producers, processors, marketers, and entrepreneurs. We are committed to taking food products to market and advancing Northwest foods.
We partner with: the Department of Food Science and Technology (FST) to provide educational programs and subject matter expertise, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to provide start-up business development education for entrepreneurs, Portland Community College CLIMB Center course- Get Your Recipe to Market.
The collaborative work at the FIC provides many opportunities for producers, processors, marketers, and entrepreneurs to actualize their food-to-market goals.
Sarah Z. Masoni, from the Food Innovation Center at Oregon State University says, “Authenticity is the biggest key for consumers. They want to know who’s creating their food."
Authenticity is “the biggest key for consumers,” said Sarah Z. Masoni, product and process development manager at the Food Innovation Center at Oregon State University.
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