The NC Food Innovation Lab

Meet America’s plant-based food partner

The NC Food Innovation Lab is a cGMP pilot plant that accelerates plant-based food research, ideation, development and commercialization. We help great ideas get to market.

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Let’s make the foods of the future

NCFIL is a state-of-the-art facility assisting food companies and entrepreneurs in creating the plant-based foods of tomorrow.

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Equipped with the latest technology, the strength of North Carolina agriculture and some of the smartest minds in food science, NCFIL takes promising plant-based product ideas from seed to supermarket.

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Let’s make the foods of the future

Driving plant-based food innovation from concept to commercialization

Whether you’re a multinational company working on product adjacencies or a startup refining a product for production, we’re here for you at every step of the product development process.

Product Research and Development

Work with our experienced food professionals to prototype, manufacture and market your product.

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Pilot Plant Production

Experiment and produce trial products using both traditional and innovative food processing techniques.

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Training and Workshops

Skill up with courses on food safety, best practices and business, facilitated by industry experts and world-class faculty.

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Food Industry Consulting

Get an experienced, outside perspective on new food ideas or business and operational challenges.

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North Carolina: a thriving hub for agriculture and food manufacturing



crops grown



food and beverage manufacturing operations


most diverse agricultural economy in US


of the 50 largest food and beverage companies in US



best state for business in 2016

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Bill Aimutis

Executive Director, NC Food Innovation Lab

Cindy Calhoun

Senior Food Scientist, NC Food Innovation Lab

Celeste Brogdon

Director of Development, NC Food Innovation Lab


We offer our clients access to a statewide network of agricultural, operational and economic support.

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It all starts with a conversation. Let’s talk about how we can help bring your plant-based food project to life.

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