Milwaukee Industry Group Adds Support for Startups

Milwaukee Industry Group Adds Support for Startups

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Specialty Food



A Milwaukee industry group is giving small food and beverage startups a boost. FaB Wisconsin, the networking group leading the effort, is planning to open shared labs for its members by fall 2016. Plans for a second facility for food and beverage makers are in the works.

The center, which will occupy 30,000 to 75,000 square feet of space in an existing facility, would house offices for producers, including the 135 members of FaB Wisconsin, while functioning as a satellite office for larger operations.

The group is partnering with Milwaukee Area Technical College to open a $1.5 million pilot food processing plant and product development, food analysis, and microbiology testing labs that will be available for startups and others for various product tests and analyses. The plant, now in the approval process, will focus on baked and fermented items, as well as soups and sauces.

More than 1,600 food, beverage, and ingredients manufacturers reside in Wisconsin, with two-thirds comprising of 10 employees or less. FaB was recently awarded a $115,000 state grant for a yearlong program to help 10 food and beverage companies expand, reported Journal Sentinel.