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Who is the Aggie Chocolate Factory?

Our Mission
The mission of the Aggie Chocolate Factory is to provide teaching, research, and outreach opportunities to students, faculty, the community, and chocolate producers. We strive to provide ​exceptional opportunities for all to learn about chocolate and its production with attention to quality, safety, sustainability, and efficiency in a professional and collaborative working environment.
Our Story
The Aggie Chocolate Factory (ACF) opened its door in November, 2018.  This unique facility is a direct result of Utah State University (USU) students suggesting the need for such a facility.  The College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences worked closely with industry to ensure the facility would provide the best possible education for Utah’s students.  Much of the equipment you see in the Aggie Chocolate Factory has been donated by industry.
Teaching and outreach is the primary mission of the ACF.  Each year hundreds of USU students complement their lecture material with hands-on experience working in North America’s only chocolate science facility operated by a post-secondary institution.   The facility is also an important venue for short courses offered to the confectionery industry across the U.S. and Canada.  The ACF also supports the local confectionery industry by offering its expertise and facilities to both established and start-up businesses alike.
The Aggie Chocolate Factory is operated mainly by qualified student employees, interns, and volunteers under the direction of a full time factory manager.   The factory encourages students from all disciplines across campus to apply for work at the factory.  As a part of the Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences department, the Aggie Chocolate Factory is always willing to help the public, and students in any stage of their academic career, understand the benefits and unique challenges of becoming a food scientists.
Staff
Silvana Martini, Ph.D.
Director/Professor/Research Supervisor
Email: silvana.martini@usu.edu
Phone: (435) 797-8136
Zachary Cooper
Factory Manager
Email: zachary.cooper@usu.edu
Phone: (435) 797-NIBS
Interns

Abby Swainston - Food Science
Josie Sorenson - Food Science
Mariela Luster - Marketing
Brooklyn Adams - Food Science
Jessica Colgrove - Culinary
Candice Buttars - Interior Design
Sarah Rayburn - Marketing

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