Starting specialty food business focus of Purdue workshop

March 18, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A workshop by Purdue Extension and the Indiana State Department of Health will give farmers and homemakers a comprehensive overview of issues associated with starting a specialty food business in Indiana.

"An Introduction to Starting a Specialty Food Business in Indiana" will be held April 29 at the Beck Agricultural Center, 4540 U.S. 52 W in West Lafayette. It will run from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The overall purpose of workshop is to provide knowledge, contacts and resources through lectures and question-and-answer sessions with speakers and entrepreneurs. There also will be written materials.

 "Developing and selling specialty ingredients and foods is one alternative for homemakers and farmers to add value to Indiana commodities," said Maria Marshall, a Purdue University professor of agricultural economics and a presenter at the event.

Topics to be covered include food safety, business planning, marketing, entrepreneurship, food regulations, organic products, product development, process development and packaging.

Also presenting will be Purdue food scientists Kevin Keener, Manpreet Singh and Steve Smith and Indiana State Department of Health food scientist Sharon Farrell.

  Registration is $100 per person. The fee includes a three-ring binder of information, lunch and refreshments in the morning and afternoon.

Registration deadline is April 22. A registration form is available at Additional information about registration is available by contacting Marsha Pritchard at 765-494-0889 or

More information about the program can be obtained by contacting Marshall at 765-494-4268 or           

Writer: Keith Robinson, 765-494-2722, 

Source: Maria Marshall, 765-494-4268,

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson,
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