(FICs)

Food Innovation Centers

Solve For Food Innovation Centers (FICs) are collaborative hubs that enable CPGs and food startups to work together with experts in the culinary arts and food sciences, as well as with regional and local economic development groups and other non-profit organizations.

By providing access to food development labs, resources, and processing capacity that may otherwise be cost-prohibitive to small and medium size companies and startups, Solve For Food will help jumpstart the transformation of the packaged food industry. FICs will serve as launch pads not only for new food brands, but also for food companies with established product lines.

FICs will include:

Fully equipped food testing kitchens and food development labs
Shelf stability and analysis testing capabilities
Consumer testing facilities
Incubator and meeting spaces for food startups
State-of-the-art sensors for data collection & utilization
Training facilities
Expert staffing, including food and lab scientists, technicians, packaging experts, and an FDA advisor
A manufacturing-scale MATS 30 system for recipe development and testing

“MATS is a breakthrough technology that will no doubt penetrate the food industry because it offers shelf-stable food with a very high sensory quality. The NWA Food Innovation Center would offer outstanding educational research and commercial opportunities and foster economic development in the state.”

Dr. Jean-François Meullenet | Head and Professor, Food Science | University of Arkansas