Food Innovation Accelerator

Your ingredient to success

Innovation in the food industry can mean new or updated products, process adjustments, facility or line expansion and updating regulatory compliance. Expertise and specialized are needed to achieve optimum results, both of which may not exist in a company's infrastructure. From an individual with a bright idea to an established company looking to stay ahead of the curve, outside resources are often needed on challenges.

The Food Innovation Accelerator, or FIA, at K-State Olathe is an outgrowth of, and collaboration with, the Kansas Value Added Foods Lab, and is housed in the kitchens of K-State Olathe. It is a blend of facilities and expertise designed to provide support for the food product and ingredient industry — especially those companies starting new product lines or scaling up existing processes.

The right ingredient

See how K-State Olathe is helping KC entrepreneurs turn their ideas for food-based businesses into success.


Capabilities and workspace

Our facilities consist of multiple work areas in five kitchens that match space and equipment to the variable needs of specialty food product producers. Zones in the facility are based on equipment and cooking needs, with some reconfiguration possible. Equipment includes food processors, fryers, slicers and assorted ovens. Kitchens have direct access to a loading dock.

Our services include quality, nutritional and microbial testing (through the Kansas Value Added Foods Lab), product consulting and help with regulatory and food safety issues.

Kitchens Overview

See what the kitchens look like and the capabilities they offer to your business.




Forrest Bruce

"It's the best. I'm glad I found K-State Olathe to do my work."


Forrest Bruce, owner of Family Food LLC
Manufacturers spicy sweet pickles at the Food Innovation Accelerator.

Grounded Mobile Coffee

"Bryan could not have made our transition into the mobile catering industry more seamless. The willingness to work with our schedules and answer all our questions went above and beyond our expectations."


Jodi and Amanda, Grounded Mobile Coffee


Contact Us

Manager, Food Programs and Services
Office Hours
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CST