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Food Lab

The Drexel Food Lab is a food product development and culinary innovation lab directed by Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, CHE, professor in the Department of Food and Hospitality Management and Department of Nutrition Sciences (courtesy). The lab was founded in 2014 by Deutsch along with a standout undergraduate student, Alexandra Zeitz, who went on to be the lab’s full-time manager. The lab is endowed through a transformative gift from the Octavia Foundation.

The Drexel Food Lab engages students in solving real world problems in the areas of sustainability, health promotion, and access. The underlying principles of the lab’s work are:

  • Do Good. Work on projects that improve the food system.
  • Feed Well. Make products that are tasty and desirable to consumers.
  • Keep Going. Develop market-driven, sustainable solutions that can stand on their own.

The lab is open to Drexel students in any program who want to learn food product development. Students and faculty can engage with the lab in a variety of ways including pursuing their own research or startup projects, as extracurricular instruction, or as paid student workers on funded projects.

The Drexel Food Lab maintains a client list from startup through multinational and is funded through philanthropic support, government and foundation research grants and contracts, and industry consulting projects.

For more information, contact the director, Jonathan Deutsch.

Select Client list

The Drexel Food Lab maintains a client list from startup through multinational and is funded through philanthropic support, government and foundation research grants and contracts, and industry consulting projects. Select clients include:

Start-Ups

Saint Lucifer logoSoom logo

Established Firms

F&S Produce Co., Inc. logo Baldor Specialty Foods, Inc. logo ShopRite logo

Multinationals

Aramark logo Bimbo Bakeries logo McCormick logo

Non-Profits

World Wildlife Fund logo