Pilot Plant

Whether you are looking for short term processing options or incubation for longer term, the Food Centre offers a federally inspected processing facility to food processors from all sectors and of all sizes to enable companies/agri-businesses to evaluate market acceptance of their products before investing in expensive equipment and/or facility. Whether it’s for test marketing or market expansion, we are equipped to meet your market needs.

The Food Centre's federal facility a.ka. Pilot Plant holds various registrations, licences and certifications to allow our clients to access global markets.

  • HACCP Recognized
  • Registered under Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and certified to process meat, dairy and processed foods
  • Organic Certified through ProCert
  • HALAL certified 
  • FDA approved for processed foods
  • Bioterrorism registered for exportation of food to the United States and specialized markets
  • Natural Health Products Site License

The facility is fully equipped to manufacture a variety of food products -- from jams and jellies to sausages, granola bars to dried berries.  Clients have the option of bringing in their own staff to manufacture their products or the Food Centre can custom process if you don't have the staff or time to commit.

Processing Capabilities and Equipment

Meat Processing
Products: sausages, ham, bacon, burgers, dried meats (jerky), boneless ribs
Equipment: rollstock machine, slicer, injector, tumbler, grinder, stuffer, batter, breading, deep frying, baking oven, smokehouse, skewering, patty machine

Condiments
Products: chutney, jam, sauce, honey, flavoured oil
Equipment: double jacketed kettles, various mixers, thermoformed blister packaging technology, sauce packets, bottling equipment, filler, emulsifier

Fruits/Vegetables
Products: dried fruit, fruit juice, infused fruit, condiment
Equipment: bladder extractor and belt press, filtration system, pasteurizer, various fillers, choppers, grinder, emulsifiers, vertical form fill & seal

Beverages
Products: juice, tea, tea bag (leaves), pasteurized milk
Equipment: double jacketed kettles, various mixers and fillers, bottling equipment, teabag former

Snacks
Products: snack bar, protein bar, roast pulses, cookies
Equipment: kettles, choppers, dough mixers, bar forming technology, flow wrapper, vertical form fill & seal

Dry Mixes
Products: baking mix, dried fruit, seasoning mix
Equipment: mixers, auger fillers, automated packet packaging, small to medium stand up pouch packaging

Cheese and Dairy
Products: artisan cheese, yogurt, sherbet, pasteurized milk
Equipment: pasteurizer, cheese vats, drain tables, cream separator, packaging

Ready to Eat
Products: ethnic cuisine, deli meat, hummus, snacks
Equipment: kettles, fillers, choppers, grinder, emulsifiers, dough sheeter, impingement oven, continuous fryer

Key contact: Brev Chesky, Operations Manager, Food Processing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
 
 
 


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