Food product development class

Submitted by Kate Mikulak, Agriculture Program Coordinator

WSU Extension is presenting “Introduction to Value-Added Food Product Development” on Dec. 8 and 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Each day will focus on a different category of food products. You can attend one day or both days. Register today to let us know what food products you want to develop. Once we hear from registrants, we will announce the focus of each class closer to the event dates, so you will be able to plan accordingly.

The fee is $10 per day. The class is at Brickworks, 150 Nichols St. Friday Harbor. Register at

The class is geared towards small-scale producers of preserves, sauces, dressings and vinegars, snacks, baked goods and other value-added products. This workshop will provide the region’s current or interested small-scale prepared food producers with up-to-date information and technical knowledge of the food product development process for the specialty food industry and how to bring such products to market. Targeted towards start-up entrepreneurs and food product developers.

Participants will be guided through the various steps from concept development to the market, with an emphasis on factors to consider for scaling up the product from the kitchen to commercial production. Speaker(s) will provide examples to illustrate the steps and end goal.

The lead presenter is Dr. Girish Ganjyal, WSU Extension Food Processing Specialist. Contact Kate Mikulak, WSU San Juan County Extension Ag Program Coordinator, at or 360-370-7664, regarding registration or contact Girish Ganjyal, Extension Food Processing Specialist at or 509-335-5613 for content questions.