Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator

Food processing companies can access space and expertise to develop and process value-added products and grow their business.


The Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator (APBI) provides infrastructure and services to support food processing ventures in commercializing products and growing their business. The facility meets federal food-regulation requirements, enabling tenant companies to market their products nationally and internationally.

The APBI opened in 2007 with 7,000 square metres. In 2023, an expansion added 2,300 square metres more for food processing suites, storage and shared staff amenities such as lunchrooms and locker rooms. As a centre of excellence for agrivalue venture growth, the facility is the largest food manufacturing business incubator in North America.


Both start-ups and established food companies can lease space and work with experts at the APBI to:

  • develop new value-added food items and expand product lines
  • develop manufacturing processes
  • refine, test and process product volumes to enter new markets
  • establish a market presence and grow sales
  • prepare to graduate to their own facility

Through their lease, food companies have access to:

  • in-suite processing and storage space
  • common storage areas
  • common shipping and receiving docks with pallet-moving equipment
  • shared staff amenities
  • office space and services

Virtual tours

Drone flight

See all areas of the APBI quickly through a drone flight.

3D walking tour

Photo of 2 3D walking tour of a building

Explore the leasable processing suites and common areas in Matterport’s 3D tour.

Entrance and exit criteria

The APBI is a Government of Alberta facility and operates in a business-like manner. Companies wishing to be admitted as tenants will be selected based on business plan strength and the venture's likelihood of commercial establishment and growth.

The incubator’s purpose is to:

  • assist companies as they establish a market presence
  • provide serviced facilities to develop and refine production techniques
  • share experiences with other entrepreneurs
  • take advantage of economies from sharing services and facilities

The Food and Bio Processing Branch’s business development unit can also provide business and marketing advice. Also, contact can be arranged with Agriculture Financial Services Corporation personnel to provide information on loan programs. Legal, accounting and transportation firms willing to provide advisory services to Incubator tenants can also be arranged.

The incubator is managed and operated by the Food and Bio Processing Branch. The facility is federally licensed with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and regulatory compliance is required by all incubator tenants. Branch management is responsible for ensuring that tenants comply with these regulations.

In addition to an acceptable business plan, applicants must also demonstrate financial resources to supply and install process equipment, manufacture and ship product, and pay accounts while waiting for receivables to be cleared. Applicants may be requested to provide authorization for a credit review.

Criteria for acceptance


  • must have a comprehensive business and marketing plan in place available for review
  • must be capable of meeting and ensuring compliance with all CFIA regulations
  • must have HACCP plans in place prior to initial production
  • must have adequate resources to pay rent, wages, supplies and overhead
  • must have a plan for graduating from the Incubator at the end of the lease agreement
  • should show capacity for managerial competence
  • should be open to coaching
  • should demonstrate a need for incubation services
  • should have space and utility requirements compatible with incubator capacity

Lease terms and exit criteria

The desired outcome from APBI is a steady influx of promising client companies and a steady outflow of successful graduates.

A typical lease contract is a 3-year contract with 2, 1-year renewals. During the incubation period, the tenant has access to branch's Business Development Officers (BDO's). BDO's provide business development coaching and assist with identifying programs, services, resources and connections to help grow and expand your business.

  • Connect with a Business Development Officer

At the end of the lease term, tenant companies typically find more permanent arrangements in line with their future growth plans. Tenant owned equipment is to be removed from the Incubator facility within 30 days of the expiration of the lease agreement. Any alternations made to the suite by the tenant will require repair and the suite must be returned to it's original state.

Fee schedule

Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator: lease, service and vacancy

Table 1. Leased space fees, fixed service fees, total fees (leased space, plus fixed service), and vacancy status

Table notes
Fourth and a fifth Year Lease Option: the lease agreement may be extended for a fourth and a fifth year. Lease rates for the fourth and fifth years will be 125% of the base rate.
Metered utilities at commercial rates: electricity, water, and natural gas.
SuiteUseable areaYear 1 and 2: 85%Year 3: 100%Fixed service feesTotal fees Year 1 and 2Total fees Year 3Status: June 2022
A500 m2$117,600$137,200$30,000$147,600$167,200Occupied
B500 m2$117,600$137,200$30,000$147,600$167,200Occupied
C500 m2$117,600$137,200$30,000$147,600$167,200Vacant
D500 m2$117,600$137,200$30,000$147,600$167,200Occupied
E350 m2$84,000$98,000$21,300$105,300$119,300Occupied
F350 m2$84,000$98,000$21,300$105,300$119,300Occupied
G/H335 m2$80,160$93,500$20,400$100,560$113,900Under construction
I500 m2$117,600$137,200$30,000$147,600$167,200Under construction
J500 m2$117,600$137,200$30,000$147,600$167,200Under construction
K500 m2$117,600$137,200$30,000$147,600$167,200Under construction

Apply to lease a space

Complete the Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator - Application for Lease Space form, save it to your computer and email it to [email protected].

Start Up Visa (SUV) inquiries

The Food Processing Development Centre (FPDC) and APBI engage with clients and tenants in the development of food products, food manufacturing processes, pilot plant development, interim processing and food processing business incubation. In addition, the facilities are considered a 'designated incubator' under the SUV program with the Government of Canada.

We may choose to certify those for SUV consideration provided they have already qualified for one of the programs offered at the FPDC and the APBI. We do not consider ourselves as a means to get a SUV. Rather, we utilize our status as a designated incubator to assist our clients and tenants with projects related to food manufacturing.

For more information, email: [email protected].


Connect with the Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-980-4244
Fax: 780-980-4250
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)

Ken Gossen, Executive Director
Phone: 780-980-4860
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]

Dan Graham, Operations Director
Phone: 780-980-4866
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]

Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator
4301 65 Avenue
Leduc, Alberta  T9E 8T2