FRI Sponsorship

Sponsor Overview

Sponsors are vital to the ongoing success of the Food Research Institute. Unrestricted gifts from food companies, suppliers, and trade associations provide support that allows FRI to respond quickly to developing food safety issues. Sponsors help support FRI infrastructure and provide funding for faculty to maintain their research programs relevant to the needs of our sponsors.

FRI sponsors receive many benefits, including:

  • Portal to vast resources at the University of Wisconsin–Madison for food safety information.
  • Access to collaborative research at a reduced rate with the Applied Food Safety Laboratory.
  • Reduced registration rate for all conferences.
  • A location for your employees to learn and work on problems involving a pathogen.
  • Access to the Sponsors portion of the FRI website, which provides access to recorded seminar and conference presentations, as well as early access to the latest food safety reviews.

FRI's Research Focuses

FRI's research focuses on strategies for the prevention of foodborne disease and virulence mechanisms in pathogens. Research on foodborne toxins include mycotoxin synthesis and control, assays for botulinum toxin, and process-generated toxicants. Fundamental and applied studies on foodborne microbial pathogens include:

  • Processing, formulation, and storage methods for cheese and RTE meat
  • Validation of pepperoni process to control STEC
  • Biofilm formation and control strategies
  • Pre-harvest and post-harvest food safety interventions\
  • Pathogenesis of listeriosis and salmonellosis
  • Non-toxigenic C. botulinum for challenge studies
  • Interactions between Salmonella and crop plants
  • Survival of Salmonella in dry environments
  • Enhancing the safety of reduced-sodium foods

Become a Sponsor

Industrial companies that support FRI provide an annual contribution based upon the annual volume of their food sales. The 2014 rate is $34.00 per million dollars in sales up to a billion dollars of food sales, or a maximum of $34,000. The minimum annual gift is $2,500.

Companies and associations wishing to become an FRI sponsor should contact FRI Director Chuck Czuprynski, FRI Associate Director Kathy Glass, or Outreach Program Manager Adam Borger for additional details.

If you wish to donate electronically, you may do so via the UW Foundation's secure web server.

ConAgra FoodsFonterraGreat Lakes CheeseHillshire Brands (Sara Lee)Hormel Foods (Jennie-O Turkey Store)KelloggKerry Ingredients and FlavoursKraft Foods (Oscar Mayer Foods)Land O�LakesLeprino FoodsPepsiCo