CIFT has organized and managed a membership-based consortium of food industry companies, suppliers, and academic institutions.  The goal of the consortium is to enhance the economic viability of Ohio’s food and agricultural sector through technology, research projects and job creation.  Since its inception, more than 90 companies and institutions have been members of the CIFT consortium.

The foundation of the membership program has been advancing technology, demonstration of prototypes, and evaluation of innovative technologies leading to commercialization activities and economic growth for processors.

Learn how CIFT has helped members American Dairy Association Mideast, Willy's Fresh Salsa, and Hirzel Canning Company and Farms.

In an effort to expand upon the services provided to the consortium and engage new resources valuable to the industry, additional programming has been pursued.

To learn more about your company becoming a CIFT member, contact 419-535-6000, ext. 109 or

Current CIFT Members

Avure Technologies

Middletown, Ohio

Cooper Farms

St. Henry, Ohio


Indianapolis, Indiana

Grote Company

Columbus, Ohio

Henny Penny

Eaton, Ohio

JTM Food Group

Harrison, Ohio

Ohio Farm Bureau

Columbus, Ohio

Ohio Soybean Council

Worthington, Ohio


Perrysburg, Ohio

Rockwell Automation

Mayfield Heights, Ohio

Spartan Chemical

Maumee, Ohio

Synergy Flavors

Hamilton, Ohio

Wyandot Inc.

Marion, Ohio

Various Partners in Past Projects

  • AdvancePierre Foods
  • Alvey Washing Equipment
  • American AirLiquide Corporation
  • Arnhem Group
  • Around the World Gourmet
  • The Austin Company
  • BioChem Resources
  • Bettcher Industries
  • Bon Appétit Management Company
  • Brewster Dairy
  • Bush Brothers & Co.
  • Coca Cola - MinuteMaid Division
  • ConAgra Foods
  • Consolidated Biscuit Company - Hearthside Food Solutions
  • Dairy Farm Products
  • Dole Fresh Vegetables
  • Eggtech, Ltd.
  • EP Technologies
  • Fidelis Automation, Inc.
  • Frito-Lay
  • Food Innovation and Design, LLC
  • Freshway Foods
  • General Mills
  • GTC Nutrition
  • Heritage Fare, Ltd.
  • Holmes Cheese
  • Hylant
  • Innovative Controls Corporation
  • The J.M. Smucker Company
  • Jones & Henry Laboratories
  • Kahiki Foods, Inc.
  • Kiffer Industries
  • Kraft Foods
  • The Kroger Company
  • Lebensmittel Consulting, LLC
  • Lefeld Engineering & Steel Suppliers, Inc.
  • MDE Corporation
  • Meijer
  • Micropyretics Heaters International, Inc.
  • Middough Associates, Inc.
  • Miedema Produce
  • Nabisco
  • Nestle R & D
  • NewBio - NBE, LLC
  • Norse Dairy Systems
  • North Star Engineered Products
  • NuTruTech
  • O'Brien & Gere
  • Pepperidge Farm
  • Pioneer Packing Company
  • Red Arrow International LLC
  • S. C. Johnson & Sons, Inc.
  • Salt Institute
  • Savour Food Safety International
  • Shearer's
  • SNAC International
  • Spray Dynamics Ltd.
  • Sugar Creek Packing Co.
  • SSOE
  • Tamarack Farms
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Terronics Development Corporation
  • Tetra Tech
  • The Fremont Company
  • The University of Toledo
  • T. Marzetti
  • Untrasonic Products, Inc.
  • VerTech LLC
  • Wornick Foods