Ice Cream Flavor Creation in FDSC 1101

Students in ice cream lab

Stocking Hall Gallery

Stocking Hall Gallery

Food Chemistry Lab

Food Chemistry Lab

Welcome to the Department of Food Science

We offer comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students for leadership positions in the food industry, academia, and government. Our research programs are designed to expand understanding of the biological/microbiological, chemical, physical, sensory, nutritional, and engineering properties of foods and beverages. Our extension and outreach programs transfer research-based information and technology to consumers, food and beverage companies, and government agencies with the goal of enhancing the availability, quality, and safety of our food supply. 

New Position Opening:  
Northwest Regional Extension Associate - Produce Safety Alliance


IDFA Recognizes Cornell University Dairy Foods Extension Team for Food Safety Leadership

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Camp Campbell Inspires Women Scientists

Denise Morrison, president and CEO of Campbell Soup Co., visited campus May 4 with a message for female food scientists: You too can be leaders in the food systems industry.  Morrison met with 14 Cornell undergraduate and graduate female food science students as part of Camp Campbell, an event to mentor and inspire the next generation of female food industry leaders.  Read more

Two Food Science Alumni Elected to Leadership Positions

Their jobs seem a world apart: one keeps astronauts healthy in space; the other perfects the flavors of foods found in the neighborhood grocery store.
Michele Perchonok, Ph.D. '83. 
But more than just a Cornell food science pedigree connects Michele Perchonok, Ph.D. '83, and Bryson Bolton, M.S. '09. Both recently have been elected to leadership positions in the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the society of professional and academic food scientists. Read more

Natural Cuts: Building a business by redefining fresh

When Michael Annunziata ’11, MBA ’17, first heard Vipul Saran, MPS ’17, speak about a new process that could naturally extend the shelf life of a fresh-cut potato for as much as two months without refrigeration — something that had never been achieved before — he knew the idea had great potential.
“Having been an undergrad at Cornell I had enough of an appreciation for the food science program to understand that while it sounded a little different at first, this could be a huge idea,” said Annunziata, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of the startup company, Natural Cuts. Read more

Cornell Product Development Success - Citri-Fi® 125 Citrus Fiber Student Innovation Contest

Fiberstar, Inc. (, a global market leader in clean label food ingredient solutions for the food and beverage industry announced the winners to the Citri-Fi 125 Student Innovation Contest. Citri-Fi 125, a natural, non-GMO citrus fiber is one of the most recent additions to the Citri-Fi portfolio. To find new uses for this natural citrus fiber, Fiberstar launched a global innovation contest targeting University students. Over 25 applicants, globally, submitted a proposal in how to use the Citri-Fi 125. Read more