NC Food Innovation Lab Opens in Kannapolis
The NC Food Innovation Lab (NCFIL) celebrated its official opening on November 14, 2019 with a ribbon cutting and open house at its 16,000 sq. ft. plant-based food processing and product development facility on the 350-acre NC Research Campus in Kannapolis. The state-of-the-art facility is equipped with the latest technology and some of the smartest minds in food science, making it a food innovation lab like no other.
"We take your idea from seed to supermarket" - NCFIL
NCFIL is the region's most versatile and only FDA-inspected food manufacturing pilot plant facility. It offers a range of customizable services, including product research and development; pilot plant production; training and workshops; and food industry consulting to serve a global community of growth-phase entrepreneurs, established food companies, venture capitalists and accelerators.
North Carolina is the perfect environment for food manufacturing innovation, especially considering the state's rich history of converting agricultural resources into value-added products. The state's agriculture and agribusinesses already account for $91.8 billion of the state's annual GDP and 17% of all jobs. NC farmers grow 90+ crops in over 400 different soil types - and the state is a top 10 producer in 19 commodities. NCFIL will support the development of value-added food products made from NC-grown crops.