Sign up for Food Incubator program

The Maui Food Innovation Center at the University of Hawaii Maui College will host a new eight-week course that will bring your food concepts to the marketplace beginning on Feb. 27.

The Concept to Consumer Incubator Program will accept a cohort of 16 participants that will be guided by local food manufacturing expert Anthony LaBua-Keiser, owner of Maui Preserved.

You will research as well as develop a legal food product ready for market testing as well as be led through the process to acquire a certified food business license.

Participants will also receive training in food safety and best manufacturing practices along with commercial kitchen operations, selecting design and packaging options, review of labeling regulations, financial business planning, business growth and financial resources. You will have access to the MFIC’s Certified Kitchen facility to test your food products during the course and after completion.

Throughout the program, you interact with food-industry experts and multi-national food corporations, research centers and online food communities, which may lead to partnerships and opportunities.

After completion, alumni will be supported in applying for showcase events such as the Made in Maui Festival, Made in Hawaii Festival and the Hospitality Industry Trade Show. Products will also be judged by a panel of experts in manufacturing.

Applications are now being accepted. Deadline is Jan. 16. The cost is $349. Call Chris Speere at 984-3690.