Online Short Course for Emerging Small Food Entrepreneurs Offered Fall 2020

September 29, 2020, 9:16 am | Shannon M. Coleman

worker in the factory places chicken patties by yalcinsonat/, Iowa – Iowa State University is offering a three-session, online short course for emerging food entrepreneurs interested in developing processed foods in Iowa. The course meets 12-4 p.m. CDT on Nov. 30, Dec. 2 and Dec. 4.

Shannon Coleman, assistant professor in food science and human nutrition and a human sciences extension specialist at Iowa State, along with Brenda Martin, from Iowa State’s Center for Industrial Research and Service, adapted the short course from Amanda Kinchla, a University of Massachusetts extension associate. The short course, Successful Food Product Development for New Food Businesses: Managing Food Quality and Safety, was developed using funding from the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety Outreach Program.

The three-day short course is explicitly designed to assist food entrepreneurs in developing new and exciting products. The course will tackle specific questions related to maintaining the quality and safety of food products.

“We will introduce food science basics and important considerations when developing a new food product. We’ll share key elements required for product labeling and provide an overview of state and federal food regulations,” said Coleman.

Interested food entrepreneurs may register online at

The training cost is $89. Interested operators also may contact Brenda Martin at or 515-570-5282 to register or for more information.

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