Product Safety and Testing
The Center of Excellence partners with the Cornell Food Venture Center and the Cornell Craft Beverage Institute to promote sustainable economic development by providing comprehensive assistance to new and established food entrepreneurs.
The Cornell Food Venture Center (CFVC)
The Cornell Food Venture Center (CFVC) ensures the safety and stability of food products entering the marketplace through:
- Lab analysis for pH, water activity, and Brix measurement of food and beverage products
- Process authority approval and scheduled process: Product review, documentation and process validation
- Resources for nutrition analysis, co-packers, packaging suppliers, shelf-life studies and more
- Small scale food entrepreneurship: A technical guide for food ventures
- Better Process Control School: necessary certification for acidified and low-acid food manufacturers
- Presentations and workshops
The Cornell Food Venture Center Pilot Plant is a unique processing facility designed for food businesses of all sizes to facilitate product development and scale up new or optimized food products. The pilot plant provides the facilities and experience so clients can:
- Develop product formulations and scale accordingly
- Create robust production methods
- Ensure long-term food safety
HPP Validation Center
The HPP Validation Center helps producers meet consumer demand for foods that maintain freshness, offer a clean label and delivery superior sensory and nutritional quality by offering a non-thermal alternative to thermal pasteurization. The HPP process ensures product safety and extends shelf life.
Institute for Food Safety
With expertise in fresh produce, dairy, juice and food processing, the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University helps food businesses meet the federal regulatory requirements and address safety challenges from farm to fork by offering research and extension collaborations for farmers, processors, retailers and consumers to produce and keep food safe.
Craft Beverage Institute
The Cornell Craft Beverage Institute supports industry development for wineries, breweries, distilleries and hard cideries by providing resources, education and laboratory services. CCBI specializes in analyzing industry samples, processing samples for research, and educating and training craft beverage professionals.
Our expertise at your service
“I was 30 days away from launching my first product at Whole Foods’ Harlem location when I realized that I had been so focused on creating an all-natural product, that I hadn’t yet considered how my formulation would impact the products’ shelf life. I learned about the CFVC and started working with Bruno Xavier, senior extension associate in the Department of Food Science. The first tests showed that our products only had a shelf life of about five days. With Bruno’s help, I was able to increase our shelf life while maintaining my commitment to an all-natural, preservative-free product. Now, our soups and sauces can last for at least 100 days in the refrigerator,”
- Yemisi Awosan, founder, Egunsi Foods