The food incubator facility layout includes a Shared-Use Processing Area/kitchen and a Resource Center for assistance in starting a new food business.
The Shared-Use Processing Area-enables a broad range of value-added agricultural and food products to be produced such as fresh-cut vegetables and fruits, jams, jellies, soups, sauces, beverages, pies, cakes, breads, seasoning blends, entrees, side dishes, etc. The incubator offers the equipment to successfully prepare, bottle and package food products for the wholesale market.
Sensory Evaluation Center – Sensory evaluation services are available to food companies by request.
Microbiology Laboratory - The LSU AgCenter Microbiology Laboratory conducts analysis of finished products, raw materials, and environmental areas for routine required testing, and assists in the training of clients regarding sanitary practices. Shelf life studies, at different storage temperatures, are conducted for client products, and quantify the impacts of preservation technologies that are utilized.
Analytical Laboratory – The LSU AgCenter Food Science Laboratory performs routine food chemistry testing, including analysis for pH, titratable acidity, salt content, solids content, brix, colorimetry, and other methods deemed helpful to clients. In addition, this lab conducts nutrition analysis testing, and provides guidance to clients.
Training and Education Conference Room - The Training and Education Area will be outfitted with internet capabilities, a conference room for meetings and is available for our food tenants use. This enables our tenants to have meetings or tastings in a professional environment.
Resource Center and Library - The library is a resource to staff and clients alike, providing access to extensive business and technical information. In addition, a computer workstations will be available enable client research and access to the LSU AgCenter Food Incubator.
Administrative Support Area and Client and Staff Offices – The LSU AgCenter Food Incubator will provide office areas that are rented inexpensively to clients. This way, clients have the option to move both their processing and administrative functions into the Center’s facility if desired. Client’s will be provided with furniture and internet access.
If you are interested in learning more about our application process, please email Gaye Sandoz to schedule to attend the next quarterly informational presentation. Presentations are given quarterly.
Food Companies that will benefit from the services of the LSU AgCenter Food Incubator will be asked to fill out our short business plan form and a cash flow analysis form. To obtain assistance with a business form or expansion strategy we have partnered with the Louisiana Business and Technology Center.
We recommend that all companies have a cash flow analysis done with some business expenses saved before applying for our program. You can find information about business startups at Entrepreneur.com.
It cost approximately $1500 for fees, insurance and permits to get started in the Food Business.
As a tenant at the LSU AgCenter Food Incubator, you will have access to:
Commercial Kitchen for hourly rental
Dry, Cold and Pallet Storage
Specialized Processing Equipment-on an individual evaluation
Analytical and Testing Services
LSU AgCenter Food Incubator
120 Clyde Ingram Hall
Tower Drive, LSU campus
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge LA, 70803-0100
LSU AgCenter Food Incubator
Attention: Gaye Sandoz
Norman J Efferson Hall
110 LSU Union Square
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-0106.
For business planning, contact:
, Executive Director, LBTC Louisiana Business and Technology Center - 2005 National Incubator of the Year
Gaye Sandoz, Director for the LSU AgCenter Food Incubator, has over 35 years in the food business in all areas from food product development, institutional food service management, catering, and is a self-taught chef. Ms. Sandoz graduated with a BS Degree in Nutrition and completed graduate work at LSU and University of Mississippi, studying Institutional Food Service Management. Her expertise and experience for the past 15 years has been largely with new food product development, business development, and marketing with small and medium size food businesses. Gaye owns Clever Kitchen and sells her invention the “Microwave BBQ Chicken Roaster” on QVC.
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