How to start a food processing business will be explained during workshops in three Arkansas cities in October. The sessions are being presented by the Arkansas Food Innovation Center, which assists entrepreneurs with processing value-added food products.

Personnel from AFIC, a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, will explain the fundamentals of starting a food processing business and will show participants the process of taking a food product from concept to the commercial market.

The workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at these dates and places:

  • Oct. 6 in Little Rock at the Cooperative Extension Service State Office at 2301 S. University Ave.
  • Oct. 7 in Pine Bluff at the S.J. Walker 1890 Extension Complex at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, 1200 N. University Drive.
  • Oct. 8 in Forrest City at the Forrest City Civic Center, 1335 N. Washington St.

The agenda for the sessions will include information about food processing facilities, business plans, marketing, food preservation, food additives and ingredients, food processing equipment, packaging and labels, regulations and liability.

Registration is required and limited to 50 people per site. The workshop is free and includes lunch.  To register, complete forms available at http://afic.uark.edu/training.html in the section labeled “Starting a Food Processing Business Workshops.”