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Our Mission

“To build a stronger, economically diverse, and sustainable Maui Nui by supporting a value-added industry for locally grown and produced food.”

Our vision includes:

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Darren Strand of Hali’imaile Pineapple Company presents a fresh-cut Maui Gold pineapple

  • Utilization of each harvest
  • Locally produced food products
  • Enhanced sustainability for our islands
  • Less dependence on imports
  • Ono (delicious) and affordable food!

Our Team

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Lou Cooperhouse, Consultant
for the Maui Food Innovation Center

Consultant:
Lou Cooperhouse, President and CEO of Food Spectrum. Lou is a leading global authority on business and product development within the food industry. He developed and served as Director of the Rutgers Food Innovation Center, a unique program awarded “Incubator of the Year” by the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA). The Rutgers program has inspired similar centers in other regions of the country and internationally.

A Food Innovation Network

The Food Innovation Center will serve as a hub for a variety of businesses, services, and organizations. By connecting producers, wholesalers, suppliers, retailers and consumers, we forge the missing link needed to support a thriving local food industry.

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Illustration provided by Lou Cooperhouse of Food Spectrum, March 2013

  • Laulima Center: for technical assistance with cooperatives and financing of agricultural businesses

News & Press

We’re happy to announce another partnership success!  The Maui Food Innovation Center joined forces with Food Spectrum’s Lou Cooperhouse and Steven Chiang, who directs the Agribusiness Incubator program at UH, to lead a program at August Whole Foods Sprout event. The event was held on the UH Maui College campus on August 8th. This was a great opportunity to learn what retailers like Whole Foods are seeking from local producers and entrepreneurs.

The Food Innovation team also participated in the Maui Agricultural Festival event on April 6, 2013 at the Maui Tropical Plantation.

Find out about other food innovation efforts and past training here:

Costs put food makers at bottom of the barrel;
Maui News; April 7, 2013

Food Business Basics Workshops (March 11-13);
Hawai‘i 24/7; March 10, 2013

Value-Added Products: Good for Business;
North Hawai‘i News; March 7, 2013

Join the Entrepreneurial Revolution: Food Business Basics Workshop;
Big Island Weekly; March 6, 2013

Specialty Food Business Basics Workshop Slated for March;
Hawai‘i Tribune Herald; February 22, 2013

Food Business Basics Workshop on Moloka‘i;
Moloka‘i Dispatch; February 21, 2013

Cooperhouse to Conduct Food Business Basics Workshops;
North Hawai‘i News; February 21, 2013

Food Business Basics Workshop–Value-Added Product Expert to Visit Hawai‘i Island;
Damon Tucker: Hawai‘i News & Information; February 17, 2013

Value-Added Product Expert to Conduct Food Business Basics Workshop;
Moloka‘i News; February 14, 2013

Food Innovation Center Selected For Feasibility Study Grant;
Maui Now; November 8, 2012

Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers’ Overview Presentation;
August 2012

Food Innovation Center Will Support Local Farmers And Ranchers
Maui County Farm Bureau; January 19, 2012

Hawaii Launches Food Innovation Center
Agricultural Marketing Resource Center Blog; January 18, 2012

Food Innovation Center Will Support Local Farmers and Ranchers
Maui Now; January 17, 2012

Food Innovation Center Funded
Maui News; December 29, 2011

State To Develop Food Product Center On Maui
Star Advertiser; December 29, 2011

Governor Releases Funds For New UH Food Innovation Center
Maui TV News; December 28, 2011

Governor Tours Proposed Maui Food Innovation Center
Maui Now; December 14, 2011