Food & Dairy Lab Contacts

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Food & Dairy Lab Contacts - California Dairy Contacts

California Animal Health & Food Safety (CAHFS) Laboratory, San Bernardino and Barile Lab, both based out of the University of California, Davis, are the only dairy labs in the state of California that are based out of universities and colleges. All available information has been presented in the California Dairy Labs tab of the attached spreadsheet.

California Dairy Labs

  • California Animal Health & Food Safety (CAHFS) Laboratory, San Bernardino is based out of UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. The lab's branch chief, Dr. Francisco A. Uzal, is its contact person.
  • Barile Lab is housed in UC Davis Department of Food Science and Technology. Daniela Barile, Professor and Principal Investigator, is the lab's contact person.

RESEARCH STRATEGY

To find the top 15 dairy labs that are based out of universities and colleges in the state of California, the research team began by searching for any listing of dairy labs in California to extract those that are based out of universities and colleges. While an extensive search for a comprehensive list of all dairy labs in the state was not fruitful, we found the Interstate Milk Shippers (IMS) list of approved milk laboratories in California. The list contained 39 laboratories approved by federal and state agencies and third-party certifiers. We then searched for the locations of each lab and found that only one of them (CAHFS Laboratory, San Bernardino) is based out of a university. While we have provided the name of the contact person, his personal phone number was not available, so we provided that of the lab. Also, for the email address, we have provided a link to the lab's contact form since there was no email address available.

We then searched further for more any other dairy labs based out of universities and colleges in the state of California, with the hope of finding any other labs that could not make it to the IMS list of approved milk laboratories in the state. After searching extensively, we were able to find one more lab (Barile Lab) that is housed in a university in California. All other dairy labs in our search results did not fit the criteria. While we found most of the required information on Barile Lab, we could not find any metric for student enrollment or funding to assist in ranking our list of top dairy labs.

To find this information on student enrollment/funding, we first searched the subdomain for Barile Lab on UC Davis' website, hoping to find news article mentioning its total annual funding in recent years. However, the site only features recent articles from April 2019, all of which said nothing about the lab's annual funding. We also searched through UC Davis' main website for the same information, but there were no relevant search results.

We then opted to move away from UC Davis' website for news articles or press releases that talk about Barile Lab and how much funding they receive annually. While there wasn't a lot of relevant findings, we found an article on AgWeb that announced that researchers in UC Davis, which included Barile Lab's proprietor, received $6.9 million funding for milk research. However, there was no clarification as to how much funding each researcher was to receive. Other information we found was on individual achievements that are associated with the lab.

Since we could not find info on funding, we tried to find the number of students enrolled in the UC Davis Department of Food Science and Technology which houses Barile Lab. We searched through the subdomain for the department on UC Davis' website, but could not find the number of students enrolled. Information on the subdomain that was related to students was things like admission requirement, student funding, and activities.

However, since both of the dairy labs we found are based out of the same school (UC Davis), we then determined that the CAHFS Laboratory in San Bernardino was top, due to its inclusion in the list of approved milk laboratories in California. This was based on the assumption that CAHFS Laboratory receives more funding than Barile Lab, which is not on the IMS list.

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Food & Dairy Lab Contacts - U.S. Dairy Contacts

Thirteen university dairy laboratories were found across the United States. Two of the universities had more than one laboratory for dairy use. The two universities are Pennsylvania State University and Iowa State University, with two and four laboratories, respectively. Dairy Laboratories are listed by student enrollment figures at each university. The full details of the laboratories can be found in the attached spreadsheet, under the tab, "U.S. Dairy labs". Below, we discuss the topic in more detail.

Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL)

  • College/University: Texas A & M University.
  • Student Enrollment: 65,632.
  • The core strengths of the TVMDL are in the fields of microbiology and milk culturing.

 OARDC Mastitis and Milk Quality lab

  • College/University: Ohio State University.
  • Student Enrollment: 59,482.
  • The key strengths of the laboratory is evaluating field samples and microbial populations.

 Central Maryland Research and Education Center

  • College/University: University of Maryland.
  • Student Enrollment: 57,529.
  • Students are trained in veterinary practices and management techniques at the Central Maryland Research and Education Center laboratory.

 Laboratory for Udder Health

  • College/University: University of Minnesota.
  • Student Enrollment: 51,579.
  • The Laboratory for Udder Health focuses on supplying high-quality laboratory services to industry professionals.

 Dairy Lipids Nutrition Program and Laboratory

  • College/University: Michigan State University.
  • Student Enrollment: 50,340.
  • The Dairy Lipids Nutrition Program and Laboratory research focus is nutrition for both dairy animals and humans.

 Creamery

  • College/University: Pennsylvania State University.
  • Student Enrollment: 47,789.
  • The Creamery has modern processing equipment which allows the Creamery to serve as a laboratory.

 Alexander Hristov Lab

  • College/University: Pennsylvania State University.
  • Student Enrollment: 47,789.
  • The focus of the Alexander Hristov Lab is sustainable nutrition.

 The Dairy Focus Lab

  • College/University: University of Illinois.
  • Student Enrollment: 46,951.
  • The Dairy Focus Lab focuses on two areas, the mechanisms of metabolic adaptation and the effect of nutrition on metabolism.

 Dairy Learning Center

 Dr. Koltes’ lab

  • College/University: Iowa State University.

 Dr. Baumgard’s lab

  • College/University: Iowa State University.
  • Dr. Baumgard’s lab is specifically focused on how the immune activation disturbs optimal productivity.

 The Dr. Hugo lab

  • College/University: Iowa State University.

 Dr. Ranga’s lab

  • College/University: Iowa State University.
  • Dr. Ranga’s lab researches how amino acids affect milk and dairy development, growth and health.
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Food & Dairy Lab Contacts - California Food Labs/Test Kitchens

The top five food labs/test kitchens in the state of California are Baja Test Kitchen, Project Juice, Test Kitchen, The Test Kitchen at Surfas, and Wolfgang Puck Test Kitchen. The entire project is here.

Food & Dairy Lab Contacts — California Food Labs/Test Kitchens

Research Strategy:

We began our investigation with an inquiry into database, industry analysis, and news sites like Forbes, Investopedia, Business Chef, and Statista. However, the information acquired through this method was only related to food trends in the US and other subjects unrelated to the research.

Our next step was to expand our search to any research, case studies, or surveys on Californian food labs/test kitchens to identify characteristics or data we could use to identify the top entries. We inquired into Research Gate, Research Guides, and Greenbook. However, none of the data we acquired through this method was relevant to the research.

We then expanded our investigation to statistical data collections on the amount of funding food labs/test kitchens receive. We intended to triangulate the top food labs/test kitchens in the state using the data. We inquired into Science Mag, USA News, Statista, Forrester, Forbes, Gartner, and IDC. However, none of the data acquired through this method was relevant to the research.

Our next step was to expand the scope of our investigation to any food labs located in the United States. We intended to use that data to filter out the food labs/test kitchens located in California. We inquired into USA Today, The Economist, Forbes, Business Wire, Marketwired, and others. However, none of the data acquired through this method was relevant to the research.

Our final effort was to shift our inquiry to food labs/test kitchens that were highly rated by users on Google. We utilized high user reviews as a proxy measure of popularity due to a lack of funding data (which we speculate to be the result of a lack of publicized funding or annual reports due to business size). We define high as 4.5 stars or greater; in cases of similar rating, we selected those with more reviews. Most of the food labs/test kitchens we identified through this method were restaurants or grocery stores; these entities were excluded because they were food labs/test kitchens in name only. After identifying the highest rated food labs/test kitchens that were actual food labs/test kitchens, we were left with only five candidates. We then made an inquiry into their sites to locate contact details. In some cases, there was no identified contact person or contact information on the company site, LinkedIn, or Facebook. We expanded our search to official social media accounts but were unable to find the requested data.
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Food & Dairy Lab Contacts - U.S. Food Labs/Test Kitchens

Some top food laboratories in the United States are Eurofins Food Lab, Intertek, Neogen Food Testing Lab, Microbac, and Merieux NutriSciences Lab. Thirteen of the top food laboratories in the United States have been identified based on their popularity and estimated annual revenue. All relevant information has been documented in the attached spreadsheet, under the tab titled “US Food LABS”.

Top Food Labs in the United States

#1: Eurofins Food Integrity and Innovation

  • Estimated Revenue of $3.6 billion.
  • The company has a wide range of services that include development, integrated consulting, food testing, safety testing, training, and consulting. Eurofins has been the recipient of numerous awards and commendations such as the Analysis of Vitamins AACC Recognition and the Analysis of Mineral AACC Recognition.

#2: Intertek

  • Estimated Revenue of $3.3 billion.
  • Intertek is known to be an industry leader in analytics testing and has been operating for over 130 years. The company has food labs in over 100 countries.

#3: Food Safety Testing Labs — Neogen

  • Estimated Revenue of $413.7 million.
  • Neogen operates some of the most trusted food labs in the nation and around the world. The company has built a strong reputation in terms of quality and high visibility. In 2018, Neogen won the CFIA innovation award for its developments in the food industry.

#4: Microbac Laboratories

  • Estimated Revenue of $250 million.
  • Microbac Laboratories has over 50 years of analytical testing experience. The company is a family-owned testing company that operates with a high level of excellence, integrity, and authenticity.

#5: Merieux NutriSciences

  • Estimated Revenue of $117.8 million.
  • Merieux NutriSciences Laboratories is considered to be one of the leading food testing companies in the world. With its headquarters and food laboratory located in Chicago, the company strives to continually demonstrate excellence, initiative, and integrity.

#6: EMSL Analytical

  • Estimated Revenue of $89 million.
  • EMSL is considered to be one of the country's leading environmental testing firms that provides a wide range of services that include food safety and testing. The company's food lab is located in New Jersey.

#7: SCS Global Services (Food Safety and Quality Lab)

  • Estimated Revenue of $73.3 million.
  • SCS Global Services is known to be an international industry leader in third-party standards development and certification in quality performance, food safety, food testing, and environmental claims. The company has acquired various awards including the prestigious food safety award by the Safe Quality Food Institute.

#8: AGQ Labs USA

  • Estimated Revenue of $18 million.
  • AGQ Labs one of the nation's leading food testing lab that provides its clients with a wide range of services pertaining to food contaminants. AGQ Labs USA has over 20 years of analytical and testing experience and offers its solutions to some of the world's leading institutions and companies in the fields of agriculture, environment, mining, and food.

#9: Certified Laboratories

#10: Anresco Laboratories

  • Estimated Revenue of $12 million.
  • Anresco Laboratories has been operating for the past 75 years and is one of the best food testing labs in the country. This food lab provides various testing services that include nutritional analysis, filth, residue, chemical, and microbiological.

#11: IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group

  • Estimated Revenue of $11.4 million.
  • IEH Laboratories has over 100 labs across nine countries including the United States. The company has a broad, holistic perception of the risks that encompass various factors in the food industry.

#12: Omic USA, Inc — Analytical Laboratory

  • Estimated Revenue of $3.44 million.
  • Omic USA was established in the year 1959 and is considered to be one of the nation's leading food testing laboratory. The company claims to have unrivaled turnaround and excellent customer experiences.

#13: Clear Labs

  • The company obtained $45.5 million in funding and has an estimated revenue of $1.1 million.
  • Clear Labs is a starup company founded in the year 2014. The company's food lab created the largest molecular food database in the country. Since its inception, Clear Labs has successfully established itself as a pioneer in the industry of food safety and testing.

Research Strategy

In order to identify the top food labs in the United States, your research team began by looking through industry-specific government databases such as the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) and the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM); media websites such as Forbes and Food Safety News; and academic databases such as the University of California’s Food Safety database. An extensive search through these channels provided a varied list of food safety and testing laboratories across the country. Each company’s food lab was then individually researched in order to identify if they fall under the category of the “top” food labs in the nation.
During the search, it was found that the funding information for numerous food labs is not publicly available. We extended our search to include each companies’ official website, available financial documents, press releases, and company profile website such as Hoovers and Crunchbase to identify their funding information. Databases such as FundingSavvy and AngelList were also used to look for each food lab’s funding details. However, apart from their estimated revenue, there was no information found pertaining to their funding. Therefore, your team ranked the companies that operated large food labs as “top” based on their annual revenues, strong establishment in terms of food testing, and awards received on various grounds such as quality and food safety. Overall, thirteen food labs have been identified as the country’s top food testing labs. For each identified food lab, its location, contact person, and contact details have been provided in the attached spreadsheet.

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From Part 02
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  • "The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL)."
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  • "The OARDC Mastitis and Milk Quality lab has been evaluating field samples of bovine milk for many years and continues to evaluate microbial populations in the milk samples of both experimental and commercial cows. "
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  • "Introductory and advanced students are able to experience firsthand proper milking procedures, farm management techniques, and veterinary practices during lectures and labs at the farm. "
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  • "The goal of the Laboratory for Udder Health is to provide high-quality laboratory services to dairy veterinarians, producers, and other industry professionals."
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  • "The Michigan State University (MSU) Dairy Lipids Nutrition Program and Laboratory is one sector of the MSU Dairy Nutrition Program housed in the MSU Department of Animal Science. It is devoted to conducting research and outreach on dairy nutrition, both as it relates to the dairy (bovine) animal and humans.""
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  • "Its modern processing equipment enables the Creamery to serve as a laboratory for food science faculty and students conducting dairy research and for dairy industry professionals testing solutions to technical problems. "
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  • "Research in Hristov’s lab is focusing on sustainable dairy nutrition for efficient milk production. "
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  • "Research at Dairy Focus is grounded in two major areas: 1) mechanisms of metabolic adaptation from gestation to lactation in dairy cows (transition period), and 2) impact of nutrition on metabolism, reproduction, and health in dairy cows. "
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  • "Our Dairy Learning Center is a state-of-the-art teaching laboratory and farm located minutes from campus"
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