Online workshop: Starting food businesses

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University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a multidisciplinary online workshop about starting a food business in Maine, Friday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. – noon.

“Recipe to Market” is intended for entrepreneurs, farmers and others interested in starting a home-based specialty food business with products such as jams and jellies, fermented foods, dry mixes and candies, baked goods and confections. Topics include an overview of the specialty food industry and product development process, licensing and regulations, business basics and food safety. 

Instructors include UMaine Extension professor emeritus Louis Bassano, Extension business and economics specialist and professor of economics Jim McConnon, and Extension food science specialist and associate professor of food science Beth Calder, who also directs UMaine Food Testing Services. Extension wild blueberry specialist and assistant professor of horticulture Lily Calderwood will facilitate.

The fee is $25; financial assistance is available. Registration is required on the event webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Theresa Tilton,; 207.942.7396; 800.287.1485 (Maine only). 


University of Maine Cooperative Extension: 

As a trusted resource for over 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine's land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.

About the University of Maine:
The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant, sea grant and space grant university. It is located on Marsh Island in the homeland of the Penobscot Nation. As Maine's flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is the state's only public research university and among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast. It attracts students from all 50 states and more than 75 countries. UMaine currently enrolls 11,741 undergraduate and graduate students who have opportunities to participate in groundbreaking research with world-class scholars. UMaine offers more than 100 degree programs through which students can earn master's, doctoral or professional science master's degrees, as well as graduate certificates. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide to conserve energy, recycle and adhere to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit

Event Date: 

Fri, 11/20/2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm