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Launching food businesses

recipe_to_marketFood start-ups—from farmer’s market stands to food carts to specialty products—have never been more popular, but starting a food product business from scratch takes planning and a thorough understanding of the start-up challenges in the industry.

The Recipe to Market (RTM) program, originally an OSU Extension Service model developed at the Food Innovation Center in Portland, provides aspiring food entrepreneurs the tools needed to launch their businesses.

“It was really helpful to learn the steps needed to get my product to market. I’m now selling the pepper jelly from my food cart and it has been really well-received,” said Penny Chilton, owner of Crescent Station.

RTM is now offered through OSU Open Campus, with on-site sessions available around the state and an online course offered through OSU’s Professional and Continuing Education unit.

Photo: Recipe to Market students from Tillamook get hands-on experience during a field trip to the Food Innovation Center in Portland.

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