Education JBS Global Food Innovation Center opens on campus
In March 2017, JBS USA entered into a strategic, long-term partnership with CSU that included a $12.5 mill. investment toward construction of the building and educational programming for JBS USA and Pilgrim’s team members.
For JBS, the partnership with CSU serves as a long-term investment in the competitiveness of food and farming in the state of Colorado, across the United States and around the world. The JBS Global Food Innovation Center enables CSU to expand as a source of innovation and discovery in the food industry and prepare future leaders to take on the challenges of tomorrow. The 36,000-square-foot center will be a hub for cutting-edge global innovations in new product development, culinary research, food science, food safety, and animal welfare.
“We take a global view of our education and research, and we were looking for new ways to spur innovation in livestock and meat science, food safety, food security and animal welfare,” said Ajay Menon, Dean of the CSU College of Agricultural Sciences. “JBS provides that necessary partnership – our goals and values align well with theirs – and we’re very grateful for their support.
The JBS mission is to be the best and create the opportunity for a better future for all of its team members. Partnering in this facility enables the company to extend that mission to CSU students as well. Located within 60 miles of every sector of the livestock and meatpacking industries, the food innovation center is designed for global impact. The Center provides a world-class facility for research, education, innovation, and industry partnerships.
The multidisciplinary nature of the Meat Science program at CSU involves expertise in all aspects of the production, food, and consumer continuum, including:
- animal handling and well-being;
- nutrition and health;
- food safety and security;
- value-added and culinary development; and
- international collaboration.
For years, students enrolled in the program at CSU have had to travel to labs and/or plants off-site in order to experience the process first hand. Now, it’s all under one roof on campus, in this innovative facility that will serve students well into the future.