Hawaii Launches Food Innovation Center
The University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC) recently launched a new Food Innovation Center as a food business incubator. This new center allows farmers and ranchers, local entrepreneurs, and students to receive education and drive the development of value-added food products, in such areas as product design, nutrition, food safety, and retail food sales and marketing.
The center will provide space and equipment for research, development and small-scale production of value-added food products. These products will increase the profit margin for farmers and ranchers, and stabilize businesses.
“Farmers need a way to deal with excess crop when supply and demand don’t line up,” said Denise Hayashi, executive director of the Hawai’i Agricultural Foundation. “And unless new farmers can see their way to profitability, they won’t be interested in replacing the generation that is now retiring.”