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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 […]

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 […]

2019 Research Themes: Focusing On The Year Ahead

Posted on January 4, 2019, in Ag Innovation News

Within the vast world of value-added agriculture, it is important for an organization like AURI to keep efforts focused and true-to-mission year-after-year. One of the central methods AURI uses to accomplish this is by identifying key research themes and priorities to guide its efforts. These research themes represent the focus of the organization’s work and […]

Elsewhere in Ag Innovations

Posted on October 5, 2018, in Ag Innovation News

By AURI By AURI Editor’s note: As a service to our readers, we provide news about the work of others in ag utilization. Often, research done elsewhere complements AURI’s work. New Shoe Made From Cotton and Corn A shoe is no longer just a shoe, it’s a value-added agricultural product. Reebok launched their first plant […]

Seeing Around Corners: What are FODMAPs & why are they important?

Posted on October 5, 2018, in Ag Innovation News

By AURI This edition of Seeing Around Corners addresses an issue of increasing discussion with regard to digestibility of foods: Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, Monosaccharides and Polyols, or FODMAPs for short. FODMAPS are defined as a collection of short-chain carbohydrates (sugars) found naturally in many foods and food additives, which the gut doesn’t properly absorb. Instead, […]

Q&A: An In-Depth Interview with Tera Johnson

Posted on October 5, 2018, in Ag Innovation News

By AURI Entrepreneurship in the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry This edition of Ag Innovation News brings you an interview with Tera Johnson, a serial entrepreneur whose mission is to create the next generation of regenerative food and farming businesses. The founder of Tera’s Whey, Tera participated in the full arc of creating and selling a […]

First-Ever Food Ag Ideas Week

Posted on October 5, 2018, in Ag Innovation News

By AURI Coming up this month is the first-ever Food Ag Ideas Week, an event devoted to bringing together thought leaders from across the food and agriculture industries to lead discussions on topics ranging from sustainable agriculture to food innovation and tech. To learn more about this exciting event, AURI sat down with the week’s […]

From Farm to School

Posted on October 5, 2018, in Ag Innovation News

By Dan Lemke Each weekday, hundreds of thousands of Minnesota kids walk, pedal, ride or drive to nearby schools in search of education. To power higher learning, schools across the state provide an estimated 975,000 lunches each day and an additional 550,000 breakfasts. Despite strict meal planning requirements and often tight budgets, there is growing […]

Plant Protein

AURI Report Explores Opportunities for Minnesota Plant Proteins

Posted on July 17, 2018, in AURI News, News

Consumer demand for protein products expected to double by 2025. Can the Minnesota ag community benefit? In response to an ongoing rise in consumer demand for foods with increased protein content, the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) released a new study exploring ways Minnesota’s agriculture sector could benefit from this trend. The 47-page report, available […]