A network of opportunity for the food industry
The NC Food Innovation Lab is so much more than a pilot plant—we’re a complete business development partner. Our alliances across the state offer clients access to world-class research teams, marketing guidance and even funding to give their food products the best chance at success.
NCFIL is managed by NC State University, home of one of the nation’s top colleges of agriculture and life sciences. Working closely with the university connects our clients to world-class faculty and research teams and the potential for exciting new discoveries.
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) provides incredible resources for growing and marketing your agribusiness. NCDA&CS can help you:
- Connect with North Carolina growers
- Identify funding opportunities to start and/or grow your business
- Market your products to retail, food service and institutions
- Expand into international trade
Clients who make the wise decision to set up their business in North Carolina receive guidance from the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC). They provide everything you need to get your business up and running, including:
- Real estate and site selection
- Addressing incentives and tax benefit inquiries
- Regulatory navigation
- Developing workforce solutions
NCFIL is located at this unique scientific research center in Kannapolis, NC. We sit alongside a community of eight universities, the David H. Murdock Research Institute, various companies and entrepreneurs, all focused on researching and developing safer, more nutritious crops, healthier foods and precision nutrition.