Food industry entrepreneurs can commercialize at UMaine’s Food Pilot Plant


Whether you are an entrepreneur, a farmer, a food processor or a small business transitioning to commercialization, the University of Maine’s Food Pilot Plant may be a resource for you. Located in Hitchner Hall, the Dr. Matthew Highlands Food Pilot Plant offers services to enhance product lines, create value-added foods or scale up recipes for commercial production. The state-of-the-art research facility is equipped with a variety of food processing equipment, including a pasta maker, meat chopper, dehydrator, blast freezer, steam cooker, cheese making equipment and packaging equipment. In addition, the facility contains a state-licensed commercial kitchen that serves as a teaching laboratory for food-science and human-nutrition students, and as a place where home businesses can package and produce food products. In this video, plant manager Michael Murphy talks about the commercial kitchen and some of the equipment available at the plant. To learn more visit the pilot plant’s website.

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