Colorado State University Receives $12.5M for New Global Food Innovation Center
Thanks to a substantial gift from one of the world’s leading global food companies, JBS USA, Colorado State University has begun construction on the JBS Global Food Innovation Center in Honor of Gary and Kay Smith, a new $15 million facility that will advance best practices in food safety, meat sciences and animal handling and welfare.
The state-of-the-art facility will enrich CSU’s teaching and research in meat sciences, as well as offer a space for industry collaboration through continuing education and training, equipment development and testing, and a place to engage in meaningful dialogue to advance the animal agriculture industry. Students will learn about meat processing in a hands-on environment that is not currently available in existing CSU facilities.
JBS has entered into a strategic partnership with CSU that is currently valued at $12.5 million. This unique partnership includes a $7.5 million philanthropic contribution to build the JBS Global Food Innovation Center at the university and an employee educational programming investment valued at $5 million.