Through a combination of expertise, specialized facilities, product development, applied research, and interim processing, the Food Processing Development Centre (FPDC) fosters growth and commercialization of food, beverage and ingredient manufacturing companies. Working with industry stakeholders and companies of all sizes, the FPDC helps build Alberta value-added processing capacity and supports industry as it pursues new and existing opportunities.


The FPDC is a modern, 65,000 square foot pilot plant and product development laboratory equipped with over $20,000,000 in equipment that supports food product innovation along the full development and commercialization continuum. Clients can access technical consultation, benchtop development, pilot plant development, applied research, and, interim processing services.

Application for technical assistance

Complete the PDF application form (PDF, 79 KB) and email it to [email protected].

For more information regarding the application form, call 780-986-4793 or email [email protected].

Alternatively, you can print the form and mail it to:

Food Processing Development Centre
6309 45 Street
Leduc, Alberta   T9E 7C5

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Fee schedule

Engineering services $ 350 per day
Technical consultations $ 350 per day
Benchtop development by Agriculture and Forestry staff $ 350 per day
Benchtop development by client staff $ 200 per day
Pilot plant development $ 500 per day
Interim processing $ 500 to $1,200 per day
Post processing cleaning $25 per person per hour
Handling and storage $0.10 per kilogram per day
Seminars and demonstrations Cost plus 10%

Daily rates are based upon a 7.25 hour day.

These fees apply to Alberta companies or companies that have processing facilities in Alberta. Fees for out-of-province clients will be negotiated prior to signing a contract, but in most cases will be double those quoted above.

Product and process development

Whether a company is a startup with an exciting idea, has a prototype ready for optimization, is reformulating in response to consumer demand or is at any stage along the development continuum, the FPDCs established product and process development process is a pathway to commercialization. The FPDC offers a one-stop service centre for clients to access expertise, knowledge and facilities as they strive to develop and introduce new value-added products to market.

Benchtop development refers to the use of the laboratory or test kitchen for product development. Clients may use the facility on their own, or with assistance from a centre scientist or technologist (note the difference in fees).

Pilot plant development refers to the use of the pilot plant for the commercialization of products under development or the production of products for test market purposes. The assistance of technologists skilled in the use of the centre's equipment is included in this fee. The FPDC’s pilot plant is licensed and inspected by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

The facility works with clients to attain CFIA licenses under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations as required for their processing. The FPDC has various capabilities in the areas of meat, dairy, fruit, vegetable and grain processing.

Applied research

FPDC food scientists engage in applied research collaborations with industry clients and other stakeholders to support:

  • individual companies as they pursue new and existing opportunities and respond to challenges
  • industry stakeholders to realize their own research agenda by accessing FPDC scientific expertise and facilities
  • Alberta companies with the adoption of innovative processes and technologies
  • the building of Alberta value-added processing capacity
  • the commercialization of new or significantly improved products into local, domestic, and global markets

Consultation services

FPDC scientists provide consultation services to clients. The related charges for this service are based on the time spent at the FPDC and/or at the client facility.

Interim processing

Once a product or product line is developed, optimized, and successfully scaled up, FPDC supports clients as they commercialize their product through its interim processing program.

Clients can access the FPDC pilot plant to produce their product for sale as they build capacity to transition into their own production environment (as their own facilities are being upgraded or constructed) or potentially into the FPDC business incubator.

The FPDC interim processing service ensures a resource exists to support clients as they maintain momentum during this important transition step along the pathway to growth. Interim processing refers to pilot plant use for a specified period of time beyond the developmental period.

The daily fee will depend upon the complexity of the process and the amount and kind of space utilized. All costs related to the manufacture, packaging and distribution of products produced in the pilot plant, including cleaning and sanitation, are the responsibility of the client. Note, the centre is not a co-packer or toll processor.

Post processing cleaning

Clients are responsible for cleaning costs associated with their projects.

Handling and storage

Client raw materials and finished goods inventory must be removed from the facility on a regular basis. The FPDC is not designed for long-term storage.

Start Up Visa Inquiries

The Food Processing Development Centre (FPDC) and Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator (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 Start Up Visa (SUV) Programme with the Government of Canada.

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

For further inquiries, please email: [email protected]


Dry processing

Extruder – Coperion Twin Screw ZSK 26
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Extruder operating in pilot plant
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Pin Mill and Air Classifier
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Proctor and Schwartz Tray Dryer
Blender/Mixer, Day & O'Hare Ribbon Blender, 6 & 20 ft3 Anhydryo Spray Dryer - Pilot 55
Niro Fluidized Bed Dryer Ro-Tap Test Sieve Shaker, Model B
Fine Grind Mill - Hosokawa Hammer Mill - Fitzpatrick D-6
Dehullers – Forsberg, Satake Sweco Screen Separators (18 & 30")

Wet processing

Decanter Centrifuge
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Sam – 400 L Agitated Steam Jacketed Kettle
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APV Pasteurizer-High Temperature Short Time
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Kettle Line
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Berkel Universal Food Cutter Rheon 207SS, Encrusting Machine
Brown Pulper/Finisher - Screw & Paddle Filter Press, Star System
Gaulin M3 Homogenizer Hamilton 80 L Kettle
Crepaco 1200 L Multi Purpose Processing Vat Processing Vessels, Alfa Laval, 200 and 400 L, Jacketed
2500L CB Processing Tank Seprotech Reverse Osmosis Membrane Separation System
Wiped Film Evaporator Pfaudler - 4 ft2 Zip Cryogenic Batch Freezer
Hamilton SA, 200 L Steam Jacketed Kettle Decanter Centrifuge
Hamilton Steam Jacketed 600 L Pressure Kettle Disc-stack centrifuge
Powder Disperser Blentech Kettle (CO2 and Oil jacketed)
Paddle mixers, various sizes Basket centrifuge
All-Fill Auger Filler Lee 20 L Agitated Kettles

Size reduction

Seydelmann K64-AC8-VA Bowl Cutter
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Weber® CCS 305 UB Slicer
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Urschel Labs 3600 w/ Feed Screw Comitrol Size Reducer
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Biro 3334 Band Saw
Baader 694 Deboner/Desinewer
Carruthers Table Top Shredder
Stephan Microcut MC15 Meat Emulsifying Machine
Rotoclaw Jr Block Breaker
Holac® 21 Dicer , TREIF Husky-CE Dicer for portion-cutting operations Hobart MG1532-1 Meat Mixer / Grinder
Grote GR713 Meat Slicer K & G Wetter AW 114 Grinder

Injection and tenderizing

Biro Rotary Blade Tenderizer Hand Pickle Injector
Multi-needle brine injector Günther, versatile for
injection Bone-In/Boneless products
with optional tenderizing needles
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Tenderstar Needle/Blade Tenderizer

Mixing and tumbling

AMFEC Double Paddle Vacuum Mixer/Blender AMFEC 175 Vacuum Tumbler
Challenge® RMF MM-03 Vacuum Meat Massager
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Custom Stainless CDB-1232 Double Paddle Blender / Cooker
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Daniels DVS 250 Röschermatic TU-250 Vacuum Tumbler
Daniels DMX-QUAD 100 Mixer  

Forming and stuffing

Handtmann VF80 Stuffer
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Formax PFM-6 Former
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Bridge Titan Croquette & Meatball Former Hollymatic Super Patty Machine
Piston Stuffer Ross Uniform 914 Meat Press
Vemag HP 25 E Stuffer and bar forming unit Z-linker

Batter, pre-dust, bread application

Koppens ERT 400 Batter
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Koppens PR 400C Breader
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Stein DB-4 Drum Breader
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Koppens PRM 400 MEG Pre-Duster

Nothum BA-14 Tempura Batter

Thermal processing

Blentech Steamtherm Blending Cooker Enviro-Pak MP-2000 Meat Fermentation Chamber
Enviro-Pak CVU-650E Smokehouse
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Fessmann T1900 HD 629 Smokehouse
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Koppens BR300/600 Continuous Deep Fryer
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Koppens HLT 6000/600 Continuous Oven
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High pressure processing – non-thermal

Hyperbaric 135 HPP unit
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Aerofreeze Spiral Freezer
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CES CO2 freezer
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Multivac T200 Semi-automatic Tray Sealer
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Multivac R126 Thermoforming Rollstock unit (for raw product only)
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Sipromac 620A Double Chamber Vacuum Packaging Machine
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ULMA TR Supra 420x300 Thermoforming Rollstock unit (for ready-to-eat product only)
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VS Snorkel Vacuum Bag Sealer Komet 620A Double Chamber Vacuum Packaging Machine
Matrix Mercury ADW-5105V Verticle Bagging Conveyor & Radial Scale System
Multivac AG500 Vacuum Packager L-Bar Sealer
Pre-made pouch packaging machine (Swifty Jr)
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XTRAVAC 450A Flow Wrapper
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In-Line Filling System with Capper & Labeler
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Carousel scale and vertical-flow wrapper (Yamato and Matrix)
Visual Thermoforming Semi-auto Tray Sealer

Benchtop processing equipment

UF RO Membrane Filtration System
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Groen 20 L Steam-Jacketed Vacuum Kettle
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Cold Press (Carver Model C) Label Makers (Toshiba SX5 Thermal)
Moffat Batch Griddle, Grill and Fryer Bench Hollymatic Tumbler Gaulin 15MR Laboratory Homogenizer
Stephan Emulsion Mill
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Italgi Model P9A Pasta Machine
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Doughpro – dough press
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Ohtake Noodle Machine
Hobart Mixers
Bag sealer (Multivac C200, BOSCH HS-BII)
Hand Stuffer Hallde VCM-61 Food Processor Taylor 110 Batch Ice Cream Freezer
Tube Broiler Environmental Chamber LHU-113

Laboratory analytical equipment

Dough Rheological Analyzer-Chopin Mixolab 2
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Particle Size Analyzer (Cilas 1180)
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Protein/Nitrogen Analyzer (LECO FP528)
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Rapid Visco Analyzer (Perten 4500)
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Brookfield DU-III Ultra Rheometer Centrifuges (Damon CRU-500, Ross MPW-530)
Colorimeters (Minolta CR-440 & CM-2500C) Dough Sheeter Bench-top (Rondo Econom)
Drying Ovens Fat Analyzer (FOSS SOXTEC 2043)
Flat bread crust/tortilla press (EDSS DP200BP) High Performance Liquid Chromatograph with Photodiode and Refractive Index Detectors (Agilent 1100)
Homogenizers (Brinkman PT 10/35 Polytron, Buchi mixer B-400) Incubators (Mocon)
Instron Universal Testing Instrument (Instron 5565) Membrane Filtration System (Satorius, 142mm/293mm)
Microscopes (Zeiss 475057) Moisture Analyzers (Satorius MA35 & MA37)
Muffle Furnace (Thermolyne 1500) NearInfrared Analyser (FOSS FoodScan Lab)
Oxygen/Co2 Permeation Analyzer (Mocon) pH Meters
Pope 2" Wiped Film Evaporator Refractometer (ABBE Mark II, Fisher handheld)
Rotary Evaporator (Buchi 463) Spectrophotometer (Agilent 8453)
Texture Analyzer (Texture Technologies and Stable Micro Systems TA.HD Plus) Viscometer (Brookfield DV-III Ultra Rheometer, Brookfield Synchro-Lectric)
Volume Scanner (VolScan profiler 600) Water Activity Meters (Aqua Lab series 3 & 4TE)
Water Purification System (Millipor Direct-Q3UV) Tecmaq Bar Former


Tecmaq Bar Former: full unit
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Bar former in pilot plant
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Bars packaged using the Flow Wrapper Horizontal Packaging Machine
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Dough Sheeter - Rhondo Ecostar Reversible
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Baxter Rotating Rack Oven
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Despatch BPA 2-125, Proofer Blakeslee DB-80 QT Mixer, American Eagle
Dough Sheeter – Simplex Cookie Forming Machine

Staff and specializations


Ken Gossen Executive Director, Food and Bio Processing Branch
Dan Graham Director, Operations
Michelle Sigvaldson Program Manager, Food Science and Development,
Food Processing Development Centre
Elizabeth Melnichuk Food Safety Manager
Sasa Subasic Facilities Manager
Cody Cunningham Manager, Business Development

Scientists and specialists

Craig Bansema Food Scientist – Product Development
Jacky Chan Food Safety Specialist
Jay Han Food Scientist – Crops
Daniel Hung Food Safety Specialist
Stuart Johnston Laboratory Scientist
Mary Kwan Food Safety Specialist
Vacant Food Scientist – Dairy, Condiments
Glen Sacro Food Safety Specialist
Troy Sturzenegger Food Scientist – Crops, Bakery
Vacant Food Scientist – Crops
Arie Vandermeer Food Scientist – Meat
Haihong Wang Food Scientist – Meat

Technical and support

Mohannad Badawi Processing Technologist
Milan Bozic Maintenance Technologist
Amanda Buchko Food Science and Development Technologist
Marie Corriveau Shipper Receiver
Jason (Yiiheng) En Shipper Receiver
Gibson Hewlett Processing Technologist
Wilf Hewlett Processing Technologist
Marius Iordache Processing Technologist
Vacant Branch Administrator
Vacant Maintenance Technologist
Stuart Lindsay Maintenance Technologist
Vacant Financial Coordinator
Dindo Quiambao Maintenance Technologist
Vacant Section Administrator, Operations
Vacant Food Science and Development Technologist
Vacant Administrative Support
Alden Worobec Processing Technologist

Business development

Ken Fahner FPDC Project Coordinator
Eileen Kotowich Farmers Market Specialist
Avery Sales Business Development Officer
Flavio Salinas Business Development Officer
Delores Serafin Program Administrator
Margurite Thiessen Business Development Officer
Esther Tolani Administrative Support


Connect with the Food Processing Development Centre:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-986-4793
Fax: 780-986-5138
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)

Ken Gossen, Executive Director
Phone: 780-980-4860
Email: [email protected]

Dan Graham, Director, Operations
Phone: 780-980-4866
Email: [email protected]

Food Processing Development Centre
6309 45 Street
Leduc, Alberta T9E 7C5

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