Scientists are available to provide consulting and technical services in the areas of:

  • Product and process development
  • Product evaluation and testing
  • Sourcing materials, equipment and services

Labs are available for clients for hands-on testing and development.

Commercialization Services Program Guidelines

Microbiology Laboratory

AURI’s microbiology lab is used for the research and analysis of industrial products and to support projects that have the potential to introduce agricultural commodities as ingredients for industrial products.

Capabilities include:

  • microbiological analysis
  • gas analysis

Learn more: Microbiology Laboratory

Food Laboratory

AURI’s food lab is available to those seeking to introduce new foods to the marketplace. It is focused on smaller companies and entrepreneurs who are developing and commercializing new food products.

Capabilities include:

  • food formulation and product development
  • nutrition facts labeling and nutritional analysis
  • regulatory assistance
  • sourcing ingredients and packaging
  • analytical food product testing
  • guidance on shelf-life
  • thermal process and food safety review
  • product stability and scale-up
  • troubleshooting
  • co-packer or commercial kitchen recommendations

Learn more: Food Laboratory

Meat Laboratory

The meat laboratory in Marshall is used for formulation and analytical assessment of meat products. This facility includes equipment for developing and testing new products.

Capabilities include:

  • product formulation
  • scale-up
  • processing
  • smoking/cooking
  • packaging
  • co-packer identification
  • troubleshooting

Learn more: Meat Laboratory

Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

The focus of the analytical laboratory is to provide quality analytical and compositional data to promote value-added products from Minnesota agriculture commodities and coproducts. The analytical laboratory evaluates many sample types including foods, meats, coproducts and renewable fuels.

Capabilities include:

  • chromatography
  • spectroscopy
  • wet chemical analysis
  • physical characterization

Learn more: Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

Bioproducts Laboratory

This facility is focused on one to 10 kilograms scale processing of agriculture commodities and coproducts. Processes are developed and demonstrated for producing increased value materials by fractionation, chemical conversion and purification.

Capabilities include:

  • Chemical processing of straw, stover and other biomass materials
  • Extraction and characterization of oils and high-value components from oilseed meal and other feedstocks
  • Transesterification and esterification reactions for demonstration of biodiesel processing
  • Small-scale fermentation and digestion processes for production of fuels
  • Distillation and evaporation for process development

Learn more: Bioproducts Laboratory

Coproducts Utilization Laboratory

This facility is the only value-added lab of its kind in the Midwest. The lab is used for the development of new uses for plant and animal coproducts that present environmental and economic opportunities.

Capabilities include:

  • grinding
  • milling
  • size reduction
  • blending
  • pelleting
  • drying
  • product characterization
  • particle size analysis

Learn more: Coproducts Utilization Laboratory