Contest gives food entrepreneurs the chance to bring a product to market

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TOLEDO, Ohio — Any aspiring food entrepreneur has the opportunity to bring their product to actual grocery store shelves through the Northeast Ohio Food Contest.

The Center for Innovative Food Technology is being assisted by the Cleveland Culinary Launch & Kitchen in conducting a contest which showcases northeast Ohio-based food products ready for food manufacturing.

Application

Contestants will submit a form outlining details of their recipe based on the viability of the product, commercialization potential, business strategy, marketability and overall appeal to the marketplace.

Finalists will then be invited to present their business concept and food product to a panel of judges. The contest winner will receive technical and business development assistance to help advance a product to the marketplace, as well as samples of product to be used for consumer feedback.

Production will take place at the Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen in Bowling Green, Ohio, or CCLK in Cleveland, Ohio. The NOCK and CCLK are commercaially-licensed kitchens that educate and provide technical assistance to new and growing food businesses.

Deadline

Deadline to submit the completed application is Feb. 21 (only one product per applicant). Obtain an application form along with rules/regulations at www.ciftinnovation.org, or call 419-535-6000, ext. 117 for more information.

Applicants within the 18-county northeast Ohio region will be considered.

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