Rutgers to open Food Innovation Center
The 23,000-square-foot business incubator and food-processing facility is poised to significantly expand the FIC's current client services and processing ability. Prior to this new building, the FIC had operated from rented office space in Bridgeton, where it has assisted more than 1,000 companies and entrepreneurs throughout New Jersey with customized assistance and educational programs.
"Our new business incubator facility will greatly expand our capabilities and enable the design, development, marketing, analysis, commercialization and ongoing manufacture of food products for sale to retail and foodservice markets," said Loius Cooperhouse, director of the Rutgers FIC. He added that the new facility will allow the FIC to provide business and technology expertise to small and mid-sized food companies in New Jersey. Past clients have included farmers and rural cooperatives, startup food companies, existing small and mid-sized food companies and retail and foodservice markets that seek to purchase locally supplied New Jersey products.
The grand opening event will be held on October 17 at 450 E. Broad Street in Bridgeton.