The Food Innovation Lab (FIL), located at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, New York, connects entrepreneurs and food companies with the necessary resources and expertise needed to discover and develop innovative food products, shaping the future of food in New York and beyond. 

The FIL is outfitted with commercial-grade appliances, as well as analytical equipment, creating a unique facility that allows food entrepreneurs to not only create new foods, but understand the scientific parameters around the products they create. The facility is intended to be self-service, with guides provided for equipment. 

The FIL is a collaboration between the New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture (CoE) and the Cornell Food Venture Center (CFVC).

Capabilities and equipment

  • pH meter
  • Digital refractometer
  • Small benchtop scale
  • Large benchtop scale
  • Microscope - wide field
  • Vacuum pump with gauge
  • Gravity convection incubator
  • Compact general-purpose centrifuge, with 8 x 15 ml mixed angle rotor
  • Temperature-controlled water bath
  • Thermocouple thermometer 
  • Vacuum filtration system
  • Hot plate with magnetic stirrer




  • One-gallon 3.75 HP variable-speed food blender
  • 21-inch heavy-duty Big Stik immersion blender, with 10-inch dual whisk attachment and bowl clamp
  • Four-quart combination bowl cutter/mixer and continuous-feed food processor
  • Chamber vacuum sealing system
  • 3-cup heavy-duty wet/dry spice grinder
  • 2.5-liter ice cream maker
  • 10-inch professional food slicer
  • 7-liter Luna planetary stand mixer
  • 10-liter Luna planetary stand mixer
  • Double vertical classic waffle maker
  • Bubble waffle maker
  • Double panini grill with timer
  • Tabletop convection oven
  • Microwave oven
  • 16-liter thermal circulator water bath
  • Deep fryer
  • Pasta cooker
  • Crepe maker
  • Commercial dehydrator, with reusable silicone drying sheets




  • Avantco A-49R-HC 54-inch solid door reach-in refrigerator
  • Wells WVO-4HF VCS2000 ventless cooktop with four French plate burners
  • Eurodib under-counter dishwasher



  • Candy and meat thermometers
  • Plastic funnel set
  • Glass beakers
  • Erlenmyer flasks
  • Graduated cylinders
  • Stainless steel mixing bowls
  • 8-quart, 12-quart and 20-quart stainless steel stockpots
  • 8-quart stainless steel colander
  • 10-inch and 14-inch stainless steel frying pans
  • 7-quart stainless steel double boiler
  • Non-stick baking and cake pans
  • Can opener
  • Stainless steel basting spoons, ladles and whisks
  • Heat-resistant silicone spatulas
  • Scalloped sandwich spreaders
  • Vegetable and fruit peeler
  • Box grater
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Cutting boards
  • Rolling pin
  • Non-stick reusable pan liners
  • Silicone heat-resistant pot holders
  • Silicone oven mitts




Contact Us

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Roger Morse

Pilot Plant Manager

Food Science

Cornell AgriTech

Roger Morse

External Clients (individuals and companies not employed by Cornell):

Full use of Food Innovation Lab and associated equipment: $360/day

To reserve time in the Food Innovation Lab, please contact Roger Morse: rtm1 [at]



  • The Food Innovation Lab shall be cleaned and returned to the same condition it was initially found before any work was conducted in that area. This includes any equipment and all materials used.
  • Any work performed in the Food Innovation Lab must be completed within normal working hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).
  • Cornell reserves the right to change these prices based on the specifics of any particular project.
  • All ingredients, product containers, analytical testing, shipping containers and shipping charges supplied by Pilot Plant are additional.