ABOUT US

Maui Food Technology Center (MFTC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We encourage, train and incubate a wide range of local residents, students, entrepreneurs and struggling agribusinesses seeking to earn a meaningful living from agriculture and value-added food production including culinary arts, food science and food technology.

Entrepreneurs from Maui and throughout the Hawaiian Islands are increasingly responding to a significant and growing demand for local produce and quality food products, as well as demand from local residents who are otherwise paying significant import premiums for a large percentage of their household food products. As a result, those activities have gained renewed attention from public and private sector partners working to grow Hawaii’s diversified agriculture and value-added food sectors.

In 2003, over 1,700 residents of Maui County participated in a community visioning process called Focus Maui Nui. Out of that process emerged clear statements of our community’s vision, core values and priority strategies. These strategies included endorsing the strengthening of small business and agriculture, as a means to a self-sufficient, sustainable culture and future. Residents saw the tremendous emerging potential of diversified agriculture and the natural resourcefulness of our island residents to create products from locally grown crops and foods.

As a result of this renewed community attention to agriculture, MFTC has been specified as a recommended project in the 2004 Maui County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

MISSION

Grow Hawaii’s food industry, connecting students, food producers and farmers through the practice of food science.

 

GOALS

MFTC provides non-profit outreach, and business incubation services designed to identify and develop opportunities for local entrepreneurs to be successful in the agriculture and food product industries. MFTC programs will also work to diversify employment opportunities and support entrepreneurship by partnering with Maui Community College’s Culinary Arts Academy to develop and provide a culinology program for students, including developing a career network for graduates. The primary goals of MFTC are:

  • Effective assistance to the Hawaii food & agricultural communities in development and marketing of value-added products derived from Hawaii’s agriculture community
  • A modern food technology lab facility serving the food product development needs of Hawaii’s farmers, food industry and students
  • Hawaii’s premiere resource for food science and food technology education that attracts, grows and supports the next generation of Hawaii farmers and agri-businesses
  • An effective food science and food technology information resource to the Hawaii community
  • Fiscal sustainability through diversified funding including revenue-generating business with local, national and international clients and grant funding
  • Community awareness of food science and food technology industry business, employment and educational opportunities
  • Effective public, private and nonprofit partnerships that assure collaborative approach

IMG_3616.jpg

Social Benefits

MFTC has tremendous potential for positive social outcomes. These include, but are not limited to:

  •  Increased development and availability of value-added food products grown and produced on Maui
  • A modern food technology lab facility serving the food product development needs of Hawaii’s farmers, food industry and students
  • Growth of the next generation of Hawaii farmers and agri-businesses through education and awareness programs
  • An effective food science and food technology information resource to the Hawaii community
  • Increased community awareness of food science and food technology industry business, career and educational opportunities
  • Broadened career choice options for graduating Maui Culinary Arts students
  • Reduced dependence on agricultural and food imports
  • New business opportunities for the agriculture and food industries on Maui
  • Development of new mainland markets for Hawaiian farmed products
  • Development of required infrastructure and capacity to incubate agribusiness
  • Food technology and Culinology courses and programs available at MCC
  • Diversified economy