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Packaging Guide for Scaling Food Businesses

Posted on April 23, 2019, in Research

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 […]

Packaging Guide for Scaling Food Businesses

Posted on March 20, 2019, in Research

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 […]

AURI Request for Proposal: Halal and Kosher Meat Market Assessment

Posted on January 16, 2019, in Research

Project Overview and Objectives: The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture propose a study to better understand the market for Halal and Kosher meat products recognizing there is growing demand for such products in the region and that this could translate to a new opportunity for the State’s meat stakeholders.  The […]

Economic Contribution of Projects Leveraged with AURI Assistance

Posted on January 8, 2019, in Research

PROJECT OVERVIEW AURI was interested in quantifying the contribution of its programs in Minnesota. Thus, you hired University of Minnesota Extension to conduct an economic contribution study. The economic contribution study measured the direct effect of AURI’s business assistance (operating revenues, capital expenditures, and jobs). AURI provided all required data to Extension. Extension then used […]

Pricing and Go-to-Market Guide for Food Products

Posted on June 5, 2018, in Research, Tools

In an effort to help food entrepreneurs overcome challenges and successfully bring their products to market, AURI now offers a Pricing and Go-to-Market Guide for food Products. This guide can help entrepreneur struggling with the best way to set a price point for their product in a clear, concise and strategic way. This guide covers […]

Report on Minnesota Plant Based Proteins for Food

Posted on June 5, 2018, in Research

In recent years, the food industry experienced an increasing demand for higher protein products. Looking to the future, experts expect global demand for protein ingredients to nearly double in value by 2025. This increase is due to the escalating consumer awareness and demand for healthy foods. In general, consumers want more protein in their diet. […]

Opinions of Minnesota School Lunch Professionals About Minnesota Food Products

Posted on May 18, 2018, in Research

In August 2017, AURI and the Stine Group emailed a survey to 167 Nutrition Services Directors (NSDs) in 120 Minnesota school districts. The goal of the survey was to gauge NSDs levels of understanding and interest in Clean Label products for their programs. Additionally, the survey inquired about their willingness and ability to purchase value-added […]

Opinions of Minnesota School Lunch Professionals About Minnesota Food Products

Posted on May 1, 2018, in Research

In August 2017, AURI and the Stine Group emailed a survey to 167 Nutrition Services Directors (NSDs) in 120 Minnesota school districts. The goal of the survey was to gauge NSDs levels of understanding and interest in Clean Label products for their programs. Additionally, the survey inquired about their willingness and ability to purchase value-added […]

Optimization of Denitrifying Bioreactor Performance

Posted on April 19, 2018, in News, Research

Optimization of Denitrifying Bioreactor Performance with Agricultural Residue-Based Filter Media The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI), in partnership with USDA-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCRPC) and the University of Minnesota (U of M) are pleased to announce the release of a new study, titled “Optimization of Denitrifying Bioreactor Performance with […]

Advantages of Wood Heat for Commercial Poultry Production

Posted on April 18, 2018, in News, Research

Viking Company of Albany, MN, along with partners Clean Energy Resource Teams and the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute, are pleased to announce the release of their findings report on the Advantages of Wood Heat for Poultry field study. The demonstration project field-tested a 1.65 million Btu (British thermal unit) wood chip furnace in a live […]