KAHULUI - Think you have what it takes to launch or expand a locally grown food business, but not sure where to start? To help value-added food producers turn their ideas into reality, EdVenture at the University of Hawaii Maui College has developed a series of four noncredit Food Industry Fundamentals classes.
The courses are designed for farmers interested in developing food products to increase profitability, businesses that want to expand their food offerings, new food businesses, and employees wanting to increase their knowledge of the food industry.
Courses include Food Trends and Food Marketplace Overview, Food Technology and Product Development, Quality Assurance and Food Safety Principles, and Good Manufacturing Practices For Food Producers.
Lou Cooperhouse, a consultant to the Maui Food Innovation Center, said, "The goal is to support our local food producers, so they can find new channels for their business while providing more locally grown products to consumers."
The series will be offered on April 29-30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kahului campus. The series can be taken in order over a two-day period - which is recommended - or as a single course offering if preferred. Certificates of Participation will be provided upon completion of each course.
Space is limited. Each seminar is $89, or pay $300 for the whole series. To register, call 984-3231.