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Use of the Cornell Food Processing Development Laboratory (FPDL)

The Cornell Food Processing Development Laboratory (FPDL) offers a unique food product development and manufacturing space that allows individuals and companies to perform research, develop new products, and start new food related businesses. Recognizing the diverse needs of industry, we offer an opportunity to utilize this facility under four different types of arrangements that are detailed below.

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1. Product Testing

2. Cheese and Dairy Product Incubator (Level I)

3. Cheese and Dairy Product Incubator (Level II)

4. Short-term Manufacturing and Product Development

1. Product Testing

For small scale pilot research projects that can be completed in 100 days or less. FPDL staff and students are available to provide oversight and/or assistance with the project. Clients are required to sign a Cornell University Routine Product Testing Agreement and submit the following:

2. Cheese and Dairy Product Incubator (Level I)

Designed for companies who do not have an existing facility, the FPDL can be used for initial product development and production. This includes a maximum of 100 non-consecutive days. The Cheese and Dairy Product Incubator (Level I) agreement is specifically designed to help Cornell achieve its Land-grant mission and to facilitate economic development in New York and adjacent states in order to grow upstate New York economy directly and indirectly (e.g., through providing additional outlets for raw milk produced by NY farmers). FPDL staff and students are available to provide oversight and/or assistance with the project. Clients are required to sign an FPDL Incubator Agreement and submit the following:

3. Cheese and Dairy Product Incubator (Level II)

Designed for companies who do not have an existing facility, but have done prior product development or for companies that have an existing facility but require an outside facility for specialized needs, the FPDL can be used for product development and production. This includes a maximum of 100 non-consecutive days. FPDL staff and students are available to provide oversight and/or assistance with the project. Clients are required to sign an FPDL Incubator Agreement and submit the following:

4. Short-term Manufacturing and Product Development

For small scale pilot production (e.g. identifying processing issues, optimizing processes prior to large scale manufacturing, samples for market research) that can be completed in 50 days or less. FPDL staff are available to provide oversight and/or assistance with the project. Depending on the scope of the project, clients are required to sign either an FPDL Short-term Manufacturing and Product Development Agreement or Cornell University Routine Product Testing Agreement and submit the following: