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Request for Proposal for Food and Beverage Manufacturing Assessment

Posted on May 22, 2019, in Research

The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute, in response to an apparent lack of capacity or access to affordable, right sized manufacturing options in our state for growing, ready‐to‐scale small food and beverage businesses, requests proposals to assess the current state of Minnesota food and beverage manufacturing capacity/capability and identify gaps, opportunities, and strategies in supporting “ready‐to‐scale” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

For 2019 AURI categorized the research priorities into three broad, but distinct groups: Coproducts/Biobased/Renewables, Multi-Disciplinary and Food.

Board Spotlight: Q&A with Board Member Larry Johnson

Posted on January 4, 2019, in Ag Innovation News

This quarter, Ag Innovation News is highlighting Larry Johnson. When we last spoke to Johnson in April of 2017, he was just getting settled into his new role as a Director. This time around we will delve into what he’s learned from his experiences so far and the role he plays on AURI’s Board of […]

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 […]

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 […]

AURI Elsewhere in Innovation


Posted on July 10, 2018, in Ag Innovation News

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. Read on to learn about blockchain technology in Australia and how spinach protein and blackberry dye give juice to biohybrid solar cells.

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 […]