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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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Suntava

Posted on March 31, 2015, in Success Stories

Idea to reality: Suntava, a Minnesota food ingredients company, has come up with a natural alternative to Red Dye No. 40. Its proprietary hybrids of purple corn are a treasure trove of healthful food ingredients, from a natural red colorant, to milled components for everything from snack bars to cereals. AURI’s role: AURI has assisted […]

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Redhead Creamery

Posted on March 31, 2015, in Success Stories

Idea to reality: Alise Sjostrom had dreamed of owning a creamery since high school. In the spring of 2014, she and husband Lucas began production at their artisan cheese making plant in Brooten, Minnesota. AURI’s role: AURI provided cost-share assistance for scale-up and product development, pre-engineering related costs, and product analysis and nutritional fact labels. […]

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Ferndale Market

Posted on March 31, 2015, in Success Stories

Idea to reality: Develop gourmet, fresh turkey sausages to expand Ferndale Market’s line of turkey products. AURI’s role: AURI provided formulations, nutritional paneling and labeling. AURI staff also helped identify appropriate processors and worked with the processors to develop specifications for each new product. Outcomes: Three different turkey sausage formulations were successfully developed and are […]

Char Energy, LLC

Posted on March 31, 2015, in Success Stories

Idea to reality: Build a mobile gasifer that can turn agriculture fibers into a charcoal-like residue, called biochar, that can be used for absorbing liquids, improving water quality and soil characteristcs, and creating energy. AURI’s role: AURI gathered data to find out what chemicals and nutrients were in the biochar and tested its absorbency. Further […]

Minnesota Valley Alfalfa Producers

Posted on March 31, 2015, in Success Stories

Idea to reality: As alfalfa prices soared over the last two years, Minnesota Valley Alfalfa Producers (MnVAP) saw a need for a lower-priced substitute for alfalfa feed pellets. AURI’s role: AURI helped the co-op develop, formulate, and test a lower-cost, blended-fiber feed pellet. Outcomes: MnVAP will manufacture 5,000 tons of the new feed pellets in […]

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USA Solutions

Posted on March 31, 2015, in Success Stories

Idea to reality: Develop a comfortable yet biodegradable mat, as an alternative to rubber, for use in hog farrowing and nursery barns. The mat is made from cornstalks and provides a comfortable bed that improves growing conditions and decreases mortality rates for baby and weaned pigs. AURI’s role: AURI provided connections to a manufacturer and […]

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Protein Resources

Posted on March 31, 2015, in Success Stories

Idea to reality: Because soybean meal cannot be fed to some animals due to the soluble sugars, AURI worked with Protein Resouces and Minnesota Soybean on a possible solution. AURI’s role: AURI and Minnesota Soybean conducted research to understand the nutrition of a low-oligosaccharide soybean meal that was easier on animals’ stomachs and shared that […]

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Bio-Plastic Solutions

Posted on March 31, 2015, in Success Stories

Idea to reality: Develop eco-friendly building materials, including window trim interiors and office furniture, that use ag fibers such as wheat straw fiber and polymers to improve the products. AURI’s role: AURI connected Bio-Plastic Solutions to North Dakota State University researchers that led to a network of resources such as the University of Minnesota, state universities […]