The Food Processing Development Centre is a modern, fully equipped pilot plant and product development laboratory facility. It is staffed with experienced food scientists, engineers and technologists who work with entrepreneurs to develop and fine-tune their products.


Centre services are designed to strengthen and expand the capability of Alberta's food processors to meet the challenges of the marketplace. This is achieved through the development of new or improved products and processes. The centre also provides interim processing for businesses to produce product for retail and food-service markets. The centre is not a co-packer/toll processor.

Application for technical assistance

Complete the PDF application form (PDF, 79 KB) and email it to Food Processing Development Centre.

For more information regarding the application form, please call 780-986-4793 or email fpdc@gov.ab.ca.

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

Sensory evaluation $ 350.00 per day, plus Panellist Compensation
Engineering services $ 350.00 per day
Technical consultations $ 350.00 per day
Benchtop development by AF Staff $ 350.00 per day
Benchtop development by Client Staff $ 200.00 per day
Pilot plant development $ 500.00 per day
Interim processing $ 500.00 - $1,200.00 per day
Post processing cleaning $25.00/per person per hour
Handling and storage $0.10 per Kg 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.

Sensory Evaluation

In-house, trained panels are used for quality assurance, shelf life and research studies while consumer panels are used to gauge the acceptability relative to competing products on the market. Consumer panels are generally involve approximately 75 consumers and take place in targeted market areas. Panel costs are based upon the amount of time Centre scientists spend on each project.

Consultation Services

Centre Scientists and Engineers may provide these services. The charges relate to the time spent on a contracted project and can apply to work done at the Centre or at the client's facility. Consultation outside of the Centre seldom occurs due to the preponderance of work to be done on-site.

Benchtop Development

This 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 Engineer (note the difference in fees).

Pilot plant Development

This 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 Food Processing Development Centre's pilot plant is licensed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency as a meat processing facility, as a dairy plant and under the Canada Processed Foods Act/Processed Fruit and Vegetable Regulations.

Interim Processing

This refers to pilot plant use for a specified period of time beyond the developmental period. Clients may contract the use of the pilot plant to manufacture their products for the market while their own facilities are being upgraded or constructed. 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.

Post Processing Cleaning

Fees are charged to recover the Centre's cost of contracted cleaning services required to meet regulatory requirements. These fees apply only when the contracting of outside cleaners in necessary.

Handling and Storage

Storage of finished products in a controlled temperature environment and of dry goods is limited by the space available. Fees will be applied only when excessive amounts or lengths of storage occur.


Batter and Breading

Aerofreeze Spiral Freezer Koppens Breading Applicator
Drum Breader, Stein DB-4 Koppens Continuous Multi-Purpose Oven
Formax 6 Former Koppens Pre-dust Machine
Koppens Batter Applicator Koppens VM 400 HD Forming Machine
Koppens BR 300/600 Continuous Electric Fryer  

Dry Processing

Anhydryo Spray Dryer - Pilot 55 Hammer Mill - Fitzpatrick D-6
Blender/Mixer, Day & O'Hare Ribbon Blender, 6 & 20 ft3 Lauhoff Flaking Mill
Carrier Fluidized Bed Dryer/Cooler Proctor and Schwartz Tray Dryer
Comil Mill (Quadro 1975) Ro-Tap Test Sieve Shaker, Model B
Extruder - Werner and Pfleiderer Twin Screw Z SK
57 C/W Wenger Preconditioner
Sweco Screen Separator 30"
Fine GrindMill - Condux Pinned Disc, Turbo and Cross Beater Configurations  


Analytical Equipment

ABBE MarkII Refractometer Hewlett-Packard 5890Gas Chromatograph w/ Flame Ionization and Thermal Conductivity Detectors
Aqua Lab Water Activity Meter High Performance Liquid Chromatograph w/ Photodiode and Refractive Index Detectors
B & L Balance Centrifuges Hunterlab Colorimeter
Brabender Farinograph Resistograph Instron 5565 Universal Testing Instrument
Brabender Viskograph Isocal-6 Calisto 2250B Calibrator
Brinkman PT 10/35 Polytron Kjeltec Digestion/Distillation System
Brookfield Synchro-Lectric Viscometer Microscopes
Computrac Max 50 Moisture Analyzer Mocon CHAM002 Incubator
Fluke 741B Documentation Process Calibrator Mocon Oxygen Permeation Tester
Gaulin 15MR Laboratory Homogenizer Pope 2" Wiped Film Evaporator
General Radio Strobotach Sartorius In-Line Pressure Filtration System

Bench Top Processing Equipment

Bench Hollymatic Tumbler Italgi Model P9A Pasta Machine
Berkel Universal Food Cutter Label Makers
Carver Press Moffat Batch Griddle, Grill and Fryer
DDS Lab 20 Membrane Filtration System Moyer Biebel PM-3 Turnover Machine
Groen Five Gallon Steam-Jacketed Vacuum Kettle Ohtake Noodle Machine
Hallde RG-6 Food Mill Patterson Twin Shell Blender
Hallde VCM-61 Food Processor Taylor 110 Batch Ice Cream Freezer
Hand Stitch Pump Tube Broiler
Hand Stuffer Water Baths
Hobart Mixers  

Meat Processing

Baader 694 Deboner/Desinewer Pickle Injector, Hand
Biro Bandsaw Piston Stuffer
Custom Stainless Twin Shaft Ribbon Blender/Paddle Mixer Roschermatic TU-250 Massager
Daniels Quad Action DMX/100 Mixer Ross Uniform 914 Meat Press
Formax Forming Machine Rotoclaw Jr. Block Breaker
Grote Model 713 Slicer Seydelmann WD 114 Grinder
Handtmann VF80Linker - Stuffer Seydelmann 64, Vacuum-Cooking Silent Cutter
Hobart Slicer Smokehouse, EnviroPak
Holac #21 Slicer/Dicer Stephen Microcut MC15 Meat Emulsifying Machine
K & S Wetter Grinder Tenderstar Needle/Blade Tenderizer
Koppens VM 400 HD Forming Machine Tumbler - Daniels DVS 250
Maurer Rondair, 12 Stage Programmable Smokehouse Vemag Robot 1000S Stuffer
Pickle Injector - Fomaco FGM-26/52 Needle Stitch Pump, Bone-in or Deboned Z-Linker


Bizerba Double Chamber Vacuum Packager L-Bar Sealer
Doboy Mustang IV Horizontal Wrapper Multivac AG500 Vacuum Packager
In-Line Filling System w/ Capper & Labeller Multivac Rollstock Thermoform Packaging Machine
Komet Double Chamber Vacuum Packager Visual Thermoforming Semi-auto Tray Sealer
Laboratory PET Container Hand Lidder VS Snorkel Vacuum Bag Sealer

Wet Processing

Alfa Laval, P01-VL Plate Heat Exchanger/Pasteurizer Kalish, Pump-a-Filler/Controlled Volume Filler
All-Fill Auger Filler Lee 20 L Agitated Kettles
APV Pasteurizer - High Temperature Short Time Lightnin Mixers
Berkel Universal Food Cutter Retort - Stock Pilot Roto 900
Brown Pulper/Finisher - Screw & Paddle Rheon 207SS, Encrusting Machine
Canadian Liquid Air Zip Cryogenic Batch Freezer Rooney Semi-Automatic Vacuum Can Seamer
Crepaco 1200 L Multi Purpose Processing Vat Processing Vessels, Alfa Laval, 200 and 400 L,
Crepaco Model 1HD648 Scraped Surface Heat Exchangers - One Heating, One Cooling SAM-400 L Agitated Kettle
Filter Press, Star System Seprotech Reverse Osmosis Membrane Separation System
Funda Filter Urschel Labs 3600 w/ Feed Screw Comitrol Size Reducer
Gaulin M3 Homogenizer Vacuum Deaerator, Cornell Versator D-16
Hamilton 80 L Kettle Wiped Film Evaporator Pfaudler - 4 ft2
Hamilton 200 L Kettle Westfalia CA 226 Decanter Centrifuge, Nozzle & Self Desludging
Hamilton 600 L Pressure Kettle  


Baxter Rotating Rack Oven
Blakeslee DB-80 QT Mixer
Despatch BPA 2-125, Proofer
Dough Sheeter - Rhondo Ecostar Reversible
Dough Sheeter - Simplex

Staff and specializations


Ken Gossen Executive Director, Food and Bio Processing Branch
Vacant Director, Food Science and Development Section
Food Processing Development Centre
Dan Graham Director, Operations Section
Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator
Marek Gierus Process Operations Manager
Colette Jako Program Manager
Food Science and Technology Centre
Michelle Sigvaldson FPDC Program Manager
Food Processing Development Centre
Elizabeth Melnichuk Food Safety Manager
Sasa Subasic Facilities Manager

Scientists and Specialists

Craig Bansema Food Scientist - Product Development
Jacky Chan Food Safety Specialist
Nicole Gaudette Food Scientist - Sensory
Jay Han Food Scientist - Crops
Daniel Hung Food Safety Specialist
Stuart Johnston Laboratory Scientist
Mary Kwan Food Safety Specialist
Jacqueline Martin Lopez Food Scientist - Dairy/Condiments
Zeb Pietrasik Food Scientist - Meat
Glen Sacro Food Safety Specialist
Troy Sturzenegger Food Scientist - Crops/Bakery
Kevin Swallow Food Scientist - Crops
Arie Vandermeer Food Scientist - Meat
Haihong Wang Food Scientist - Meat
Jimmy Yao Process Engineer

Technical and Support

Mohannad Badawi Processing Technologist
Milan Bozic Maintenance Technologist
Amanda Buchko Product/Process Development Technologist
Marie Corriveau Technologist
Jason (Yiiheng) En Technologist
Ken Fahner Research Project Coordinator
Christa Goll Section Administrator, Food Science & Development
Gibson Hewlett Processing Technologist
Wilf Hewlett Processing Technologist
Marius Iordache Processing Technologist
Judy Kohlsmith Branch Administrator
John Kwan Maintenance Technologist
Stuart Lindsay Maintenance Technologist
Dewi Pearce Financial Coordinator
Dindo Quiambao Maintenance Technologist
Teryle Simpson Section Administrator, Operations
Philip O. Soladoye Sensory Technologist
Olivia Thompson Product/Process Development Technologist
Caroline Tran Administrative Support
Alden Worobec Processing Technologist


To 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)

To contact Ken Gossen, Executive Director:
Phone: 780-980-4860
Email: ken.gossen@gov.ab.ca

To contact Dan Graham, Operations Director:
Phone: 780-980-4866
Email: dan.graham@gov.ab.ca

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