NC State Extension

Our Services

Please be aware, the last date for 2018 submissions is December 12, 2018. The Entrepreneurial Initiative for Food Program will be closed from December 14, 2018 to January 2, 2019. Thank you for allowing us to assist you in 2018 and we look forward to assisting you in 2019!

    The Entrepreneurial Program offers two primary services:

    SERVICE A: Product Testing & Processing Recommendations

    We will analyze a shelf-stable product sample, classify it (as acid, acidified, water activity controlled or other) according to Federal and State regulations and provide processing recommendations.

    SERVICE B: Nutritional Information

    We use a Nutrition Database to input a product formulation and provide a Nutrition Facts Panel and Ingredient Statement for food products. We are currently only providing the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act 1990 Nutrition Facts Panel format.
    Process for Submission

    1. Fill out & Submit the Online Request Form. The form will ask for your basic contact information, formulation for a batch of product, and current product processing information. Do not send any samples until you have been contacted by us.
    2. Once you submit the Online Request Form, we will review your Online Request Form & reply with information on next steps including how to send a sample and quantity needed.
    Confidentiality Note:
    The information collected on our form is for the purpose of classification and nutritional labeling only. We will maintain your product information on the computer, under password protection, for a short time in case you request changes or modifications.

The University makes no warranties or guarantees, either expressed or implied, as to the outcome of any services provided, although all reasonable efforts, consistent with the standards of a research university, will be made to provide the appropriate recommendations and achieve a successful outcome. Once the services are provided, no refunds are available.

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