We provide comprehensive assistance to new and established food entrepreneurs, promoting sustainable economic development.
The Cornell Food Venture Center (CFVC) helps food businesses large and small introduce new food products into the marketplace. We provide product safety evaluation, process development, and guidance in local, state and federal regulatory compliance. We also provide educational materials, workshops, training programs, and referrals for business assistance, local suppliers and service providers.
Located in Geneva, NY at the Cornell AgriTech campus, the CFVC is strategically located in close proximity to world-class food and agricultural science facilities and experts. Geneva is also home to the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park, an incubator space for small food and agricultural businesses, and the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture connecting food entrepreneurs to all aspects of business development in NYS.
Training & News
Better Process Control School
Our fall Virtual Better Process Control School for Acidified Foods on November 1st and 2nd is completely full!
Food Product Development Certificate Program
NEW! Through e-Cornell, this certificate program guides food entrepreneurs through the iterative process of bringing a new food product or innovation to market.
New Course Coming Soon! Food Safety and FSMA Regulations for Small Food Processors
Are you in compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act?
Did you know you may be exempt from certain requirements as a small business?
Learn more through this self-directed online course to be released soon!
commercial food products brought to market by the CFVC since 2000.
schedule processes for value-added food products approved in 2022
Food businesses assisted by the CFVC in 2022
Through the center, entrepreneurs have access, for a fee, to additional established Cornell AgriTech facilities.
High pressure processing (HPP) — also known as high hydrostatic pressure — is a non-thermal alternative to thermal pasteurization, which is gaining popularity as consumers continue to demand foods that maintain their freshness, offer a clean label, and deliver superior sensory and nutritional characteristics compared to heat-treated products.
The Vinification and Brewing Laboratory offers analysis services for an array of craft beverage products including wine, cider, beer and distilled products. Additionally, the laboratory researches and troubleshoots craft beverages products in order to support the growth of the New York state craft beverage industry.
The CFVC Pilot Plant in Geneva, NY, 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 our clients need to develop product formulations that scale, create robust production methods and ensure long-term food safety.
Cornell Food Venture Center at Cornell AgriTech
Food Research Lab, Room 158
665 W. North Street
Geneva, NY 14456
CFVC [at] cornell.edu
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.