A thank you to all who helped make FPIC a reality

The Food Processing and Innovation Center will open in December 2017 thanks to the investment of time and money of countless individuals and organizations.

Rendering of the Food Processing and Innovation Center

After more than three years of planning and securing funding, I could not be more thrilled to announce the groundbreaking for the Michigan State University Product Center’s Food Processing and Innovation Center (FPIC) in May. The FPIC will serve a vital role missing in today’s marketplace – giving private companies a place to develop new products or enhance existing products. The center is a USDA/FDA-certified facility, meaning that companies not only can try new production methods but also sell the products and get real-time feedback from consumers.

None of this would be possible without the investment of money and time by countless individuals and organizations. Key funding came from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Michigan State University. Additionally, the Lansing Economic Area Partnership and private industry partners provided crucial assistance. We are also grateful for the expertise of leading researchers at the MSU School of Packaging and for the leadership of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in bringing the project to fruition.

Without the many contributions of these public and private partners, this new center would not exist. Once operational we believe the FPIC will provide an economic jolt to the food industry in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region, creating and supporting new jobs and accelerating businesses to innovate, evolve and thrive.


Tom Lyons

MSU Product Center, Food, Ag, Bio.


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