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Today’s consumers are health-conscious and busy, demanding convenient and wholesome foods, and food safety is more important to consumers than ever. This critical, ever-evolving industry presents a significant opportunity for many businesses.

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Featured Food success stories

Kay’s Naturals/Kay’s Processing

Posted on March 31, 2015, in Success Stories

Idea to reality: Create healthy snack foods that meet the nutrition needs of diabetics, those trying to lose weight and a general population that needs healthier food. AURI’s role: AURI scientists provided the business with product development and nutritional labeling assistance. Outcome: Today, Kay’s Naturals and Kay’s Processing do annual sales in the seven-figure range, […]

Fergus Foods/Nots snacks

Posted on March 31, 2015, in Success Stories

Idea to reality: Create a non-nut snack that appeals to those with nut allergies and build an allergen-free kitchen for the production of these and other foods. AURI’s role: AURI assisted in product and process development, trouble-shooting, shelf-life guidance, nutritional labeling, test market research and scale-up. In addition, AURI provided cost-share assistance for UPC labeling […]

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Upcoming events relating to Food

New Uses Ag Innovation Forum

Taking place on March 21, 2017

With record crop yields projected for several regional commodities, the support and expansion of value-added agricultural products within Minnesota and the greater Midwest is of the utmost importance. In addition to increasing current demand, it will spur new demand opportunities as well. To that end, AURI is hosting a New Uses Innovation Forum for Minnesota’s […]

Research about Food

Clean Label Guide

Posted on January 4, 2017, in Tools

AURI has produced a free Clean Label Guide that provides important information to help small- and medium-sized Minnesota food producers make the transition to product ingredients that make for a “clean label.” These are ingredients consumers perceive to be healthier or more natural alternatives to traditional ingredients like additives, preservatives, emulsifiers and sweeteners. For example, […]

Economic Contribution of the Agbioscience Industry in Greater Minnesota

Posted on March 31, 2015, in Research

>Read the full report “Economic Contribution of Agbioscience in Greater Minnesota” (PDF download) Agbiosicence presents the unique opportunity to bridge the future of rural and urban Minnesota. A new research report just released shows that in one year alone the industry supported $23.4 billion in economic impact in Greater Minnesota and $12.5 billion in the […]

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Tools relating to Food

Clean Label Guide

Posted on January 4, 2017, in Tools

AURI has produced a free Clean Label Guide that provides important information to help small- and medium-sized Minnesota food producers make the transition to product ingredients that make for a “clean label.” These are ingredients consumers perceive to be healthier or more natural alternatives to traditional ingredients like additives, preservatives, emulsifiers and sweeteners. For example, […]

Food Safety Resources

Posted on November 3, 2016, in Tools

The topic of safety in the production process is of the utmost importance to any entrepreneur or business that is developing food for commercial sales. Foodborne illnesses are a preventable, underreported public health problem, which place a burden on consumers while negatively affecting a company’s sales and brand. The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) offers […]

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News about Food

Vinegar Drinks Making a Splash

Posted on January 4, 2017, in News

Minnesota food innovators are producing hip, handcrafted shrubs and switchels from muddled fruit, sugar and vinegar. These traditional drinks have roots in Colonial times, when people used apple cider vinegar to preserve fruit for the winter.

Innovation Celebration

Posted on January 4, 2017, in Ag Innovation News, News

Since 2002, AURI has recognized these kinds of businesses with the Ag Innovator of the Year award, presented to a Minnesota company that has shown innovation in the development of an ag-based product or process. The goal is to recognize the accomplishments of one deserving business and draw attention to value-added agriculture’s contributions to the state.

“We present this award to recognize innovation and excellence in Minnesota’s food and agriculture space,” says AURI Executive Director Shannon Schlecht. “AURI sees many great ideas from across the state and the award provides an opportunity to highlight a unique idea and innovative business.”

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