Resources for Small Food Businesses in Maine
The University of Maine’s School of Food and Agriculture and Cooperative Extension work together to support many food-based industries in Maine. We help farmers, processors, entrepreneurs, growers, small home-based food businesses, and Maine citizens.
It is our mission to assist food businesses with food safety and quality testing, technical assistance, and education. Our services include:
- Experienced staff members, faculty, Pilot Plant facilities, and a commercial-scale kitchen
- Food testing
- Training opportunities (workshops, fact sheets, videos)
- Assistance for starting small, home-based food businesses
- Recipe to Market — How to Start a Specialty Food Business, Bulletin #3101: Are you interested in starting a food business in Maine? In this bulletin, UMaine food scientists who help entrepreneurs with testing and development answer the most commonly asked questions about starting a small food business in Maine.
- UMaine School of Food and Agriculture
- Dr. Matthew Highlands Food Pilot Plant
- Small Business Education | Online Small Business Library | Resources for Food Entrepreneurs
- New England Small Food Processors Project
If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us.
“We have been so appreciative of all that Beth [Calder] has been able to contribute to our business, new product exploration, testing, analysis, scaling up for production and general assistance and ideas. I have found Beth to be enthusiastically supportive and always ready to respond to my questions and concerns.” — C. Waite Maclin, Owner of Pastor Chuck Orchards, Portland, ME