Baton Rouge Culinary Students Visit LSU Food Incubator
Oct 21, 2014
Culinary students at Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College in Baton Rouge, traveled to LSU to tour the new AgCenter Food Incubator, a new endeavor developed to assist local entrepreneurs in evolving food products from the idea stage through production.
Tenants of the program manufacture their products using the “state-of-the-art” facilities at LSU, often with the help of student volunteers. Within the first eight months of the Incubator’s operation, there have been 27 products produced and on the market. Another 20 tenants have manufactured products and 20 tenants are on a wait list for assistance. The AgCenter Food Incubator offers assistance with product formulation, paperwork, production and other stages of the manufacturing and marketing process.
The students were amazed to learn of the variety of products being manufactured on the LSU campus. Paleo bars, barbecue sauce, all-natural salad dressings, gelato, and pastas were among the items created since inception. Many students expressed an interest in learning more in-depth the workings of the LSU AgCenter Food Incubator, realizing another career opportunity.
The Incubator tenants will be able to enlist the help of the students as volunteers to help with products moving forward.