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CFVC Origin

The Cornell Food Venture Center  (CFVC) began operations in 1988 under the direction of Dr. Donald Downing, was an extension program of the Department of Food Science & Technology at Cornell University funded by New York State. Today, the CFVC provides technical assistance and product validations for food manufacturing to food entrepreneurs and food companies by drawing on Cornell experts in Food Science with partnership with the FDA and USDA. In 2016, the CFVC responded to more than 7,000 inquiries for assistance on marketing food products. 541 Food Entrepreneurs needed safety evaluations on more than  1,300 specialty products and processes for commercial production. The center's laboratory analyzed over 1,700 samples of food prototypes to address their safety and technological feasibility.

In April 2017, the Cornell Food Venture Center opened an office in Brooklyn, the CFVC@NYC, currently under the direction of Dr. Ann Charles Vegdahl. Both offices work in conjunction with each other. 

Important Message Regarding COVID-19

Cornell University has closely monitored the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The health, safety and well-being of our community is our top priority, and we are working closely with local and state public health officials. Cornell has decided to take a series of proactive measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, including the move to remote work for all employees, effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 until further notice. As a result, we will be limiting the services provided by the Cornell Food Venture Center, effective immediately. We will send analytical results for any samples received on or before Friday, March 13. We will no longer be accepting new samples, and all in-person meetings and workshops are postponed until further notice. We expect to be available by phone and email during this time. Services that can be performed without the need of laboratory support (including scheduled processes for products manufactured by companies equipped to do their own testing or provided by external laboratories) will continue. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes, as we know this is already a challenging time for you all. 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.