In August 2017, AURI and the Stine Group emailed a survey to 167 Nutrition Services Directors (NSDs) in 120 Minnesota school districts. The goal of the survey was to gauge NSDs levels of understanding and interest in Clean Label products for their programs. Additionally, the survey inquired about their willingness and ability to purchase value-added foods processed in Minnesota.
The research was conducted under the auspices of AURI’s Ag Innovation Partnership program, which supports collaborative partnerships, directing research and technology transfer opportunities that add value to Minnesota’s agricultural products or improve efficiencies in the processing of Minnesota’s agricultural products.
As the final report shows, the research discovered a number of useful opinions on clean labeling, ingredients and access to Minnesota value-added food products. This information is of significant value because many food entrepreneurs and small businesses have developed simple or clean label food products, which consumers perceive to be healthier or more natural alternatives to traditional ingredients.
To learn more download the full report here.
AURI offers food entrepreneurs a unique resource for product development. Our facilities on the Southwest Minnesota State University campus now include a Food Product Evaluation and Sensory Lab. View the video below to learn more.
On November 6th AURI and its partner, Agrigrowth, hosted a forum on the topic of Building an Industrial Hemp Industry in Minnesota. We are pleased to make the videos of all the panel discussions and presentation slides available for those unable to attend. Introductions The State of Industrial Hemp Beyond the Hype: Value Added Opportunities […]
Rarely do restaurants and foodservice operators have the opportunity to improve the quality and healthfulness of their products while saving costs , but that’s exactly what three universities in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin discovered during a test of high oleic soybean oil conducted by AURI and funded by the United Soybean Board. The test, a […]
In an effort to meet current client needs and expected growth in the food and agriculture sectors, AURI is implementing a number of upgrades to its laboratories and facilities. Specifically, the centers in Waseca and Marshall, Minnesota will undergo significant additions and extensions to increase both capacity and capabilities. Waseca AURI’s Coproducts Pilot facility is […]