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The Arkansas Food Innovation Center (AFIC) is a service center created to assist entrepreneurs with processing of value-added food products. Located in Fayetteville, AR, AFIC is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture's Institute of Food Science and Engineering. It is the only public, licensed and inspected facility of its type in the state.

The video below provides an overview of the Arkansas Food Innovation Center activities and services:

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Partial support for AFIC is provided by:

Southern Extension Risk Management Education Arkansas Agriculture Department US Department of Agriculture


AFIC Clients In the News

AFIC client Jessica Keahey was the subject of the feature article in the Our Town section of the NWA Arkansas Democrat Gazette. Keahey, who was a participant in the 2015 Plan. Produce. Profit workshop hopes to have her first cheese in the market by the end of the year. Click here to read her story.

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Congratulations go out to AFIC clients, Eve's Treat - Buy One, Share One and My Father's Garden who were recently chosen as 2016 American Small Business Champions for the sacrifices they have made to make their businesses a success. As winners of the competition, sponsored by Sam's Club and SCORE, these business were each awarded a $1,000 Sam's gift card, SCORE mentoring for a year, and an all-expense paid trip to a regional Celebration and Symposium. They will also be entered into the national competition with a $25,000 prize for use in building their business.

More information on these two award-winning companies can be found at: 

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Great Fermentations logoCat Swenson of Great Fermentations was recently intereviewed on P. Allen Smith's radio program. During the interview she discussed working with AFIC to start and grow her company which specializes in unique fermented products. The interivew can be accessed at or by clicking on the link.

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Last Date Modified 08/18/2016

University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Arkansas Food Innovation Center
Institute of Food Science and Engineering
2650 N. Young Ave., Fayetteville, AR 72704 • USA
Phone (479) 575-4450 • Fax (479) 575-6936