Developing Elderberries as a Specialty Crop for Herbal Supplements, Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2010-02118
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
555 GARDINER ROAD, Dresden, ME, 04342
DUNS: 804419435
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Edie Johnston
 (207) 730-0138
Business Contact
 Edie Johnston
Title: Owner
Phone: (207) 730-0138
Research Institution
Although the American elderberry species has not been cultivated, bred, or promoted as a medicinal plant like its European counterpart, university based variety trials indicate that the attributes of American elderberries complement, equal, or exceed the European cultivars currently in the market, suggesting a need for increased American elderberry production and product development. Purpose: To enhance international competitiveness of American agriculture by creating a domestic elderberry industry including manufacturing of elderberry-based nutraceuticals, herbal supplements and functional foods with superior attributes. To support increased economic opportunities and improve the quality of life in rural America by offering an easily grown alternative crop that is disease and pest resistant and commands a premium price in value-added products. To provide crop diversification to small and mid-sized farms seeking to retain and sustain farm communities by responding to a market driven by a growing consumer understanding of the link between diet and disease, aging baby boomer populations and soaring health care costs, coupled with advances in food science and nutrition.

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