Rutgers Food Innovation Center
For over three centuries, Bridgeton has been at the center of industrial and manufacturing growth. Nowhere has this been more evident than in the food industry. From the farming and distribution of the 19th century, to Hunt Wesson Foods, Bridgeton has been a part of the food sector that has fed and supplied both the region and the nation.
While the food sector and the business of food has changed and evolved over the years, Bridgeton's relationship with the industry has remained constant. From Cumberland Dairy to Danone (formerly WhiteWave, Inc), Buona Vita, Inc, Cumberland Freezers, Ardagh (formerly Leone Industries), the Rutgers Food Innovation Food Center, and now the Food Specialization Center; the City of Bridgeton has been involved with the business of food and beverage in all its diversity.
In order to build on that strong history, the City of Bridgeton has focused its industrial parks as Food-Business Parks. Most prominently, Food Business Park North along Route 49 is home to the 23,000 square foot Rutgers Food Innovation Center as well as the 31,000 square foot Food Specialization Center which will be completed in 2019. The City has 11 acres of available land to accommodate food related businesses seeking to benefit through co-location in this unique food hub.
Food Business Park South (Burlington Rd) has four lots averaging 3-4 acres per lot available next to Buona Vita, Cumberland Freezers, Kintock Food Service Training Program and NJ Ethanol. Both Food Business Parks are located within Bridgeton’s designated Opportunity Zones as well as the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) program boundaries. Food Park South is part of the Southeast Industrial Redevelopment Area allowing qualified projects to use long term tax abatements.