Rutgers Food Innovation Center Wins Award from U.S. Small Business Administration

The Rutgers Food Innovation Center (FIC), a food business incubation and economic development program of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as a winner of its first Growth Accelerator Fund competition.

Natale Grande and The Flying Meatball team inspecting, sorting and packaging gourmet meatballs. Photo credit: The Flying Meatball Company.

Natale Grande and The Flying Meatball team inspecting, sorting and packaging gourmet meatballs at FIC in Bridgeton. Photo credit: The Flying Meatball Company.

The FIC is the only recipient from New Jersey to earn this award and will receive a cash prize of $50,000 to create the infrastructure for developing this new accelerator program. The winners will be honored in Washington, D.C., by the SBA, in partnership with the Global Accelerator Network, at a Fly-In Day in November, which is designated National Entrepreneurship Month.

“We are very excited to be selected by the SBA for this award”, said Lou Cooperhouse, director of the Rutgers Food Innovation Center. “We have been recognized globally for our economic development impacts and now we will be able to take our Center to an even higher level – by creating linkages between our clients and the funding community.”

“This award is indicative of the commitment by Rutgers in regional economic development”, said Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, associate vice president of economic development at Rutgers. “The Rutgers Food Innovation Center is a model for university public-private partnerships that generates significant economic impacts for the state. The new Growth Accelerator program that the center will establish with this funding will dramatically increase these impacts and maximize its benefits to the food industry.” [Read more...]

New Rutgers Students Get Intro to New Brunswick Through Start with Service Program

First-year students at Rutgers got a chance to pitch in on some community service projects in their new city before classes even began this fall. The new Start with Service program aims to build a legacy of service at Rutgers. Nutritional Sciences major Shaun Hui (SEBS 2016) discusses first year students’ introduction to the community of New Brunswick.


Video: Start with Service at Rutgers

Jersey Crowds Brave the Sunshine to Taste Tomatoes: 2014 Tomato Tasting at Rutgers Snyder Farm

2014 Great Tomato Tasting

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While always well attended rain or shine, a record number of people pre-registered for the 2014 Tomato Tasting.

Armed with plastic forks, a crowd descended upon Rutgers Snyder Research Farm in Pittstown on August 27 to attend the Annual Snyder Farm Open House and Great Tomato Tasting. Tasters had an offering of eighty varieties of tomatoes to taste from as well as basil, peaches, apples and honey. The samplings provided a glimpse of some of the research crops grown at Snyder Farm and hayride farm tours gave an up close look at fruit and vegetable trials in the field. [Read more...]

NJTV News Segment on Helping Struggling Veterans Spotlights Rutgers VETS Program

In the August 28 segment of NJTV News on “Helping Struggling Veterans,” the recently launched Rutgers VETS program was featured (appears at 1:35 in video). This unique program, led by Jan Zientek, senior program coordinator for Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) of Essex County, and Amy Rowe, environmental and resource management agent, RCE Essex and Passaic counties, offers job training skills in horticulture while focusing on entrepreneurship.
Video: NJTV News: Helping Struggling Veterans

HomeStyles: Helping Parents Create Healthier, Safer Homes

Family TableNutritional science professors Carol Byrd-Bredbenner and John Worobey and research assistant Jennifer Martin-Biggers created HomeStyles, an 18-month online program that offers quick, fun tips to educate parents of preschoolers on how to shape their homes and lifestyles. Read more at Rutgers Today.