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About the centre
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 more than $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, scale-up, business development, applied research and interim processing services.
Product and process development and scale-up
The FPDC, a centre of excellence, offers access to expertise, knowledge and facilities as companies strive to develop and introduce new value-added products to market. 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 and scale-up process is a pathway to commercialization.
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 the 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.
See the directory of available equipment.
Clients with Service Agreements have access to Business Development Officers (BDOs). BDOs provide business development coaching and assist with identifying programs, services, resources and connections to help grow and expand your business.
The FPDC lab provides on-site food safety, quality, and analytical testing in support of product development and interim processing activities. The lab is not accredited therefore does not provide accredited analysis or other commercially available lab services. Additionally, shelf life or market testing services are not offered.
FPDC food scientists engage in applied research collaborations with industry clients and other stakeholders to support:
- individual companies as they pursue opportunities and respond to challenges through the development of new products or adoption of innovative process and technologies
- industry stakeholders to realize their own research agenda by accessing FPDC scientific expertise and facilities
FPDC scientists provide consultation services to clients. The related charges for this service are based on the time spent at the FPDC and at the client facility.
Interim processing is a short-term processing solution where companies can access the FPDC pilot plant to produce their product for sale. This service assists businesses in introducing their product(s) to market until they are able to graduate to their own facility, enter into an arrangement with a co-packer, or potentially move into the Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator (APBI). The FPDC 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. Product produced can be exported, however export eligibility is dependent upon country and product category requirements.
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. FPDC is not a co-packer or toll processor so clients are responsible for securing production staff for all interim processing work.
Interim processing requires a client company representative to be part of the processing day to oversee activities, supervise company staff, and make decisions on behalf of the company.
Post processing cleaning
A trained third party conducts all post processing sanitation at FPDC and the cost of the sanitation related to a project is billed to the client.
Handling and storage
Incoming ingredients and finished products can be stored short term at FPDC. However, due to space limitations, long-term storage of client materials is not permitted.
|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.
Access our services
Upon receipt of your application you will be contacted by a Business Development Officer or a Food Scientist to further understand the technical requirements and business readiness of the project.
Start-Up Visa inquiries
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 Start-Up Visa (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 programmes offered at the FPDC and APBI. We do not consider ourselves as a means to get a start-up visa. Rather, we use our status as a designated incubator to assist our clients and tenants with projects related to food manufacturing.
For questions about visas, email: [email protected]
For general information about the centre, or to contact a specialist, visit our Contact page.
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