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Welcome to the Cornell Food Venture Center

Visit the Cornell Food Venture Center Dropbox for instructions and submission forms to request a product review and safety validation.

Check out our June Newsletter Update!

Schedule a Free Initial Consultation with a Food Safety Specialist HERE

Visit the Cornell Food Venture Center Fruit and Vegetable Processing Pilot Plant for your latest production prototype needs.

We provide assistance to ensure safety and stability of food products entering the marketplace including:

  • Lab Analysis for pH, water activity, and Brix 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!
  • Regulatory Compliance: Registration and Licensing with State and FDA agencies
  • 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: Interested? Contact Shannon Prozeller
Service New York State Business Non New York State Business
Client Registration $30 one time fee $55 one time fee
Laboratory Analysis Only $25 per sample/per test $38 per sample/per test
Analysis and Review Only $40 per product $75 per product
Scheduled Process $85 per product $150 per product
Scheduled Process version* $40 per product $75 per product
Scheduled Process for Meat $135 per product $220 per product
Scheduled Process Meat version* $65 per product $105 per product
Amendments $40 per product $75 per product
Vacuum Pack Letter/Hazard Analysis $165 per product $250 per product
Heat Penetration Study $360 per product size $600 per product size
Classification/Shelf Life Letter $75 per product $115 per product

*Scheduled Process Versions are slight modifications to a formulation to create another product. Example: Mild Salsa and Hot Salsa

Our current turnaround time is about 4-6 weeks for processing. Expedited services are available for an additional fee upon request.



Important Message Regarding COVID-19

Updates regarding COVID-19
We are happy to announce that The Cornell Food Venture Center laboratory is RE-OPENING! CFVC will officially be accepting samples as of June 15th.

Cornell University is closely monitoring the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and has been taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of the virus.   The physical office of the Cornell Food Venture Center has been closed since mid-March and our services have been limited; however, our team has been working from remote locations throughout this time to continuously address industry food safety needs.  The university has now approved a plan for the Food Venture Center to open on a restrictive basis starting June 15th.   To ensure the health and safety of our staff, colleagues and community we will only be on-site to perform lab analyses; all other work will continue to operate from remote locations until further notice.  Again, we will be accepting new samples for lab analysis, however all in-person meetings and workshops are postponed until further notice.

Please refer to the IFS Website for up-to-date information.

Please stay safe, and we will continue to support you to the best of our ability.