Industrial Associates

The mission of the Industrial Associates Program is to foster a relationship between the Department and industry, to facilitate the exchange of ideas between academia and industry, and to explore research collaboration and employment opportunities for our graduates. This group plays an integral part in developing our undergraduate and graduate programs, so that we can ensure our graduates fulfill industry's needs.

  • With an annual fee of $5000, members of this group receive numerous benefits, some of which are:
  • Academic perspective on emerging issues.
  • Access to a wide range of expertise within Purdue University.
  • Assistance in distributing industry positions to students and recent graduates.
  • Commitment from the Department to address members' needs.
  • Education and training opportunities.
  • Networking with other member company representatives.
  • Visible presence within Purdue University and the Department of Food Science.

This group meets twice per year on campus to engage with Food Science faculty, staff, and students, as well as other experts who can contribute to the topics and issues of interest. The Department's External Relations Coordinator serves as the main contact, and is able to assist member companies in navigating the university system for information.

Current Members


  • Cargill
  • Clabber Girl
  • Conagra Brands
  • Danone North America
  • General Mills
  • Heartland Food Products Group
  • Hershey's
  • Kalsec
  • Mead Johnson
  • Morgan Foods
  • Nestle R&D Center
  • PacMoore
  • PepsiCo
  • Red Gold
  • Skidmore Sales & Distributing Co.
  • Verdure Sciences


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