The Maui Food Innovation Center (MFIC) provides business and technological expertise to food and agricultural entrepreneurs throughout the State of Hawaiʻi.
A program of University of Hawaiʻi Maui College, MFIC helps farmers and food manufacturers increase profitability through the development of new value-added food products, reduces our dependence on imports, and contributes to the sustainability of island-based agriculture.

New Online Courses

In our first phase of growth, we have developed a series of educational programs that are available fully on-line. These classes provide an excellent and comprehensive foundation to the food industry and are valuable to anyone interested in developing a successful food product business. These classes are two hours each and cover four topics:

  • Food Trends: Finding Your Niche in the Specialty Foods Industry
  • Food Product Development and Technology Essentials
  • Quality Assurance and Food Safety Principles
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for Food Producers

For more information and to register online visit: UHMC EdVenture Website.

Next Steps

We have secured funding through the Hawaiʻi State Legislature to renovate the former campus cafeteria in the Pilina Building at UH Maui College in Kahului into a state-of-the-art, shared-use food processing facility.
This facility will have the capacity to design, test, and produce foods such as sauces, soups, jams, jellies, entrees, bakery products, dehydrated snacks, refrigerated fresh-cut produce, and raw or cooked meat, poultry and seafood products.
See our “About” page for further details

Pilina Building Aerial

 Aerial View of University of Hawaiʻi Maui College Kahului campus, where the Maui Food Innovation Center will be located.
The Maui Food Innovation Center is partially funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor in the amount of $759,350. Funding does not pay for student costs to participate. The Maui Food Innovation Center is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. TDD/TTY: (808) 984-3325.

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