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Packaging Guide for Scaling Food Businesses

Posted on March 20, 2019, in News

Most packaged food businesses start in a similar manner, with an entrepreneur producing at home or in a shared kitchen, hand packing products into relatively simple, often store-bought packaging, and selling at a farmer’s market or self-distributing to a handful of stores. However, as these businesses grow, their packaging needs to evolve. Whether the business […]

Upcoming Event to Highlight Food and Ag Innovations New Uses Forum 2019: Accelerating Ag Innovation and Investment

Posted on February 28, 2019, in News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Erik Evans (612) 704-1120 eevans@auri.org SAINT PAUL, Minn. (Feb. 26, 2019) – The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI), Compeer Financial and Georgetown University’s Rural Opportunity Initiative are partnering to conduct the 3rd annual New Uses Forum. The theme for this year’s event, which will be held on March 27-28, 2019 at the […]

The “Reverse Pitch” Comes to Minnesota: Ag and Food Leaders to Seek Fresh Ideas from Entrepreneurs and Researchers

Posted on February 25, 2019, in AURI News

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL—On March 27, some of the world’s largest and most influential food and agricultural companies will gather to present “reverse pitches” to an audience of researchers, entrepreneurs, innovators and subject-matter experts. The businesses will talk about distinctive industry challenges and invite the audience to propose solutions. Reverse pitches are helping companies speed innovation in […]

January Ag Update Newsletter

Posted on January 30, 2019, in Ag Innovation Update

December Ag Update Newsletter

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November Ag Update Newsletter

Posted on January 30, 2019, in Ag Innovation Update

The Nexus of Food & Health is a Popular Place

Posted on January 4, 2019, in Ag Innovation News

This past October, during the first-ever Food Ag Ideas Week, AURI along with partners MyFormulary and Larta Institute co-hosted a special event called The Nexus of Food & Health. Minnesota has a rich history in both food science and medical innovation and advancing functional food innovations is a perfect fit to capitalize on the expertise […]

Seeing Around Corners: New Government Programs Can Increase Your Sales

Posted on January 4, 2019, in Ag Innovation News

One of the most common questions entrepreneurs and small business owners ask themselves is “how can I increase my sales?” The obvious answer for most is to grow the customer base, but that can only get a business so far. For most, the better solution is to increase the volume of units sold across all […]

Got Biomass?

Posted on January 4, 2019, in Ag Innovation News

Are you seeking outlets for selling agricultural residues this year? Check out the updated Midwest Biomass Exchange website at www.mbioex.com – a free internet marketplace designed to connect buyers and sellers of woody and agricultural biomass. Users can place “For Sale” and “Wanted” ads for biomass that can be used as fuel for heating and […]

Pierz Company Chosen for Annual AURI Award: A Sunny Future for Smude Oil

Posted on January 4, 2019, in Ag Innovation News

The path to commercial success is rarely linear. Instead, it’s often chock full of twists, turns and unexpected challenges, something to which Tom and Jenni Smude can likely attest. The Smudes, who own Smude Enterprises, makers of Smude’s Sunflower Oil, have turned necessity into a thriving business that is being recognized as AURI’s 2018 Ag […]