FOOD & HEALTH — UNL Food Processing Center Offers Assistance to Small Food Business Start-ups

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The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Food Processing Center offers a nationally recognized program to help potential entrepreneurs start a food business. The National Food Entrepreneur Program assists individuals through all the steps of developing their product and business.

The program begins with a one-day “Recipe to Reality” seminar. The seminar explores all the key issues in deciding to start a food business. Discussion includes business planning, labeling, product development and food safety, promotion, costs and pricing and many more topics.

Following the seminar, participants can choose to enter “Product to Profit.” This second phase of the program provides entrepreneurs with confidential and individualized assistance in starting their own food business and bringing their product idea to market.

Five “Recipe to Reality” seminars are scheduled for 2020 at the Food Innovation Center on Innovation Campus, Lincoln:
• Saturday, Jan. 25, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. — Registration deadline is Jan. 10.
• Saturday, March 28, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. – Registration deadline is March 15.
• Saturday, June 6, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. — Registration deadline is May 20.
• Saturday, Aug. 22, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. — Registration deadline is Aug. 5.
• Oct. 24, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. — Registration deadline is Oct. 10.

Pre-registration is required. More details are at To register for an upcoming seminar or to receive an information packet, contact Jill Gifford at: Food Processing Center, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 228 Food Innovation Center, Lincoln, NE, 68588; 402-472-2819 or