Recipe to Market Program

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Interested in a Recipe to Market Workshop Offering? Complete and submit the form below.

Thinking about starting a food business in Maine?

Learn all the ins and outs to go from concept to success in our intensive deep dive into starting a food business.

Participants of the Recipe to Market (RTM) workshop will learn about licensing, how to prepare and package their food products safely, access potential profits, and discover some of the resources available to support them in business development.

This program is for individuals currently operating a value-added business or those seriously considering one. Participants must have a specific food product or recipe in mind.

One of our half-day workshops, will introduce participants to important topics that an aspiring entrepreneur needs to consider before starting a food business.

Topics that will be presented include opportunities and challenges of being a food entrepreneur, the specialty food industry, business basics, an overview of the product development process, licensing and regulations, and food safety concerns.

Recipe to Market workshops will be helpful to a wide range of individuals who are thinking about starting a food business in Maine. Examples include:

  • A restaurant owner or chef who wants to market a special chowder to local retail stores.
  • A person who wants to produce and market a unique chocolate creation developed from an old family recipe.
  • A retired teacher who wants to create a conserve made from Maine’s wild blueberries and cranberries.
  • A farmer or gardener who wants to develop and market a special hot sauce and salsa.
  • A farmer who wants to develop a snack food product.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension course instructors include:

  • Louis Bassano, Professor Emeritus of Cooperative Extension
  • Beth Calder, Extension Food Science Specialist, Professor of Food Science, and Director of the UMaine Food Testing Services
  • Jim McConnon, Professor Emeritus, School of Economics and Cooperative Extension, University of Maine

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