Product Development

Getting Started in the Specialty Food Business

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension

A guide to product development, ingredients, processing and much more.


Value Added Product Development

College of Agricultural Sciences, Oregon State University

Resources for developing value added products.


Kansas Value Added Foods Lab

Kansas State Research and Extension

Discusses the four major steps of developing a new food product.


Small Scale Food Entrepreneurship – A Technical Guide for Food Ventures (second edition)

Cornell Food Venture Center


Product Development

Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center

Provides technical assistance, classes and resources for product development.


Product and Process Review Testing Services

University of Maine


Cornell Food Venture Center

Cornell University

List of testing and laboratory services provided.




181 Cedar Hill Street
Marlborough MA
Food Analysis
Tel: 508-460-7600


Northeast Laboratory Services


999 Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine 04103 (866) 591-7120 or (207) 878-6481


Green Mountain Laboratories


27 Cross Road Middlesex , Vermont 05602 
802- 262-2004 
Chemical Food Analysis


Krueger Food Laboratories


45 Manning Road
Billerica, MA 01821-3934
Chemical Food Analysis


Biomarine Research


16 West Main St . 
Gloucester , MA 01930 
Food and Water Chemical Analysis


Lapuck Laboratories


50 Hunt St . 
Watertown , MA 02173 
Microbiological and Food Analysis


Labeling and Nutrition Guidance Documents & Regulatory Information

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Links to FDA labeling guidance documents including the Small Business Nutrition Labeling Exemption.


A Guide to Federal Food Labeling Requirements for Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety Inspection Service

This user-friendly, comprehensive guide provided an overview of federal labeling requirements.




Label/Labeling Approval

U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA requirements for labeling and the link for submitting your label for approval.


Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004

Guidance for Industry – Questions and Answers

 U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Information on allergen labeling.


Nutrition Analysis Companies (Nutrition Analysis via Computer Analysis) (no endorsement implied)

Cornell Food Venture Center

Packaging Supplier List

Cornell Food Venture Center

List of packaging suppliers (no endorsement implied).


Resources in Food Packaging

College of Agricultural Sciences, Oregon State University

Links to companies, magazines and associations.


Selecting and Purchasing Food Processing Equipment

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service

This fact sheet and resource guide outlines a five-step method for purchasing equipment.


Selecting and Purchasing Used Food Processing Equipment

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service

How to locate used equipment and what to look for when purchasing.


Food Defense Guidelines for the Transportation and Distribution of Meat, Poultry, and Processed Egg Products

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety Inspection Service

A booklet outlining food defense guidelines.


Food Distribution – U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration


Kitchens and Co-Packers

Cornell Food Venture Center