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Resources for Small Food Businesses in Maine

The University of Maine’s Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition and Cooperative Extension work together to support many food-based industries in Maine. We help farmers, processors, entrepreneurs, growers, small home-based food businesses, and Maine citizens.

It is our mission to assist food businesses with food safety and quality testing, technical assistance, and education. Our services include:


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“We have been so appreciative of all that Beth has been able to contribute to our business, new product exploration, testing, analysis, scaling up for production and general assistance and ideas. I have found Beth to be enthusiastically supportive and always ready to respond to my questions and concerns.”

– C. Waite Maclin, Owner of Pastor Chuck Orchards, Portland, ME


If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us:

Dr. Beth Calder, Extension Food Science Specialist
Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition
Hitchner Hall Orono, ME 04469-5735
Phone: 207.581.2791, 207.581.2791 or 1.800.287.7170 (in Maine)
FAX: 207.581.1636
E-mail: beth.calder@maine.edu

Dr. Alfred Bushway, Professor
Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition
109 Hitchner Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5735
Phone: 207.581.1629, 207.581.1629
FAX: 207.581.1636
E-mail: bushway@maine.edu

Dr. Jason Bolton, Assistant Extension Professor for Food Safety
307 Maine Avenue
Bangor ME 04401-4331
Phone: 207.942.7396 or 800.287.1485 (in Maine)
FAX: 207.942.7537
E-mail: jason.bolton@maine.edu

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University of Maine Cooperative Extension


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Cooperative Extension: Food & Health
5741 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5741
Phone: 207.581.3188, 800.287.0274 (in Maine) or 800.287.8957 (TDD)E-mail: extension@maine.edu
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
A Member of the University of Maine System