Innovative solutions for food producers

The Cornell Food Venture Center (CFVC) helps food businesses large and small introduce new food products into the marketplace. We provide educational materials, workshops and direct assistance with product safety evaluation, process development and guidance in local, state and federal regulatory compliance. We also provide referrals for business assistance, local suppliers and service providers. 

Located in Geneva, NY, on the Cornell AgriTech campus, the CFVC is strategically located in close proximity to world-class food and agricultural science facilities and experts, yet just an hour away from the Department of Food Science of Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in Ithaca, NY. Additionally, the CFVC is located next door 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, which connects food entrepreneurs with the resources they need to grow their business.

New York state has the second largest food processing industry in the United States and much of this success can be attributed to the work of the CFVC. Because of the CFVC, food entrepreneurs can bring their ideas to reality and consumers across the state can enjoy the many unique products they produce.

We provide comprehensive assistance to new and established food entrepreneurs, promoting sustainable economic development.

Collaborating Facilities

Through the center, entrepreneurs have access, for a fee, to additional established Cornell AgriTech facilities.

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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.

Pouring beer from tap.

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.

CFVC Pilot Plant Pipes

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.

Our track record

20K+

commercial food products brought to market by the CFVC since 2000.

2.2K+

schedule processes for value-added food products approved in 2019.

700+

Food business assisted by the CFVC in 2019

Success stories

Snack company enjoys sweet success

​​​​​​With the help of our experts at the CFVC and the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture, health food startup Brauss developed Nutreat — a spread with a low glycemic index that is both nutritious and dessert worthy.

A mushroom burger that supports the environment and nutrition

​​​​​​Leep Foods worked with the CFVC to develop a patty that combines its specialty mushrooms with grass-fed beef. The burgers are lower in sodium, calories and saturated fat than a traditional burger, and help reduce the overall consumption of animal products.

Authentic and all natural Indian sauces for the U.S. market

​​​​​​Nidhi Jalan, who moved to Brooklyn from Calcutta two decades ago, set out to introduce authentic Indian cuisine to the U.S. market. With guidance from the CFVC, Jalan developed deliciously flavorful Masala Mama sauces.

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Three jars of red sauce labelled Masala Mama

Our location

Cornell Food Venture Center at Cornell AgriTech
Food Research Lab, Room 158
665 W. North Street
Geneva, NY 14456

Hours
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Our experts

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Susan Brightman

Program/Extension Aide II

Cornell AgriTech

Food Science

Susan Brightman
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Shannon Prozeller

Extension Supp Spec I

Cornell AgriTech

Food Science

Shannon Prozeller
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Cynthia James

Extension Supp Spec I

Cornell AgriTech

Food Science

Cynthia James
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Ann Vegdahl

Extension Associate

Cornell AgriTech

Food Science

Ann Vegdahl
Food Science
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Bruno Xavier

Senior Extension Associate

Cornell AgriTech

Food Science

Bruno Xavier
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Olga Padilla-Zakour

Professor

Food Science

Cornell AgriTech

Olga Padilla-Zakour