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Food Science

Pilot Plant at UMass Amherst

The Pilot Plant at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst is:

A World-Class Learning Lab

Serving the students of the University’s Food Science program, the Pilot Plant is the premier food processing laboratory on campus. It hosts the program’s key lab classes each semester. As such, the facility is unable to accept requests for use as a production space.

A Research Station for Industry

Equipped with a range of food processing equipment, analytical tools and a friendly, adaptive, and diligent team of students and professionals, the Pilot Plant helps businesses large and small understand the food product development process through targeted research projects.  

Areas of research and analysis include:

  • Shelf stability studies
  • Process optimization
  • Application development

A Resource for your Business

Contact the Extension office to discuss how it might serve your business’ unique needs.