UH-Maui to get $210,000 award

The U.S. Economic Development Administration will award $210,000 to the University of Hawaii for the Maui Food Innovation Center, which is used by agribusiness and food entrepreneurs to develop and manufacture products, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz has announced.

The funding will create a packaging and marketing support center at UH-Maui College.“This funding will help MFIC meet its goals to create jobs, lower the amount of imports to Maui, and help businesses on the island export their products,” said Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “We’re excited to see what Maui businesses can do with the extra federal support.” 

The Food Innovation Center is a first in-state incubator focused on helping entrepreneurs in the food and agribusiness sector, according to a news release.

The center also assists the community by providing technological expertise, innovative training, consultation, a manufacturing facility and a resource hub for new and established food entrepreneurs working to bring their products to market locally, regionally and nationally.