Ag Innovation Update-April 2017
AURI Clients Make a Splash with Vinegar-Based Beverages! 

Vinegar is making a splash in cocktails and soft drinks.

Minnesota food innovators are producing hip, handcrafted shrubs and switchels from muddled fruit, sugar and vinegar. These traditional drinks have roots in Colonial times, when people used apple cider vinegar to preserve fruit for the winter.

Modern shrubs-coming from the Arabic word "sharab," meaning 
"to drink" - are intensely flavored syrups that mix well with spirits, water or club soda. They are an easy way to add sweet and sour flavors to drinks, as well as salad dressings and sauces.

"There's a renaissance in small-batch, artisanal beverages," says Harold Stanislawski, AURI project development director. Shrubs and 
switchels are following "the same path as craft brewers and distillers."

AURI Welcomes New Board Member

Last month AURI welcomed Larry Johnson as its newest member of the board of directors. He joins the organization after spending many years in various agriculture and value-added roles and AURI heartily welcomes him to the board. Read on to learn more about Director Johnson.
2016 Annual Report Now Available! 

The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) released its Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report, which reports on the organization's activities and impacts from the past year's operations.

The report highlights AURI's successes in identifying solutions to new challenges, supporting Minnesota's food and agriculture sector and practicing its new mission with passion and enthusiasm.

AURI Notes

AURI Seeks Qualified Candidates:
AURI is currently seeking individuals with a demonstrated interest in agriculture and the advancement of value-added agriculture projects to fill two open positions within the organization. 

Current openings:
To apply for any of these positions, submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].

Ag Innovation News: Subscribe Today!

Where do you go to learn about the latest news about renewable energy, coproducts, biobased products and food science? If your answer didn't include the Ag Innovation Newspaper, then you have been missing out on important updates from around Minnesota. Contact us today at [email protected] to get your free, quarterly subscription to AURI's official publication. Each issue contains useful and interesting information, like:
  • News from Minnesota's ag industry
  • Updates on the latest technology and idea implementation
  • Information on how AURI is fostering economic benefits for the state
  • A special column from the Executive Director
Agricultural Utilization Research Institute | 800.279.5010  |

Foster long-term economic benefit for Minnesota through value-added agricultural products.