Do you have a product idea?

“This is the best I’ve ever tasted!” Does this comment sound familiar?? Comments such as this from friends and family about a recipe are usually the flame that fires up an entrepreneur to come to the Food Centre.

The process of taking an idea or recipe to a final product involves many steps. The entire process can take a couple of weeks to couple of months or even years.

If you have a product idea, contact the Food Centre. We'll help you to develop that idea into a packaged food product ready for the marketplace.

Typically this is the process a prospective client is required to go through to obtain the services of the Food Centre.

Step 1
Fill out our online Prospectivie Client Form. The questionnaire provides the Food Centre with details about your product idea and will assist us in tailoring specific services required for your project to succeed. The more information we receive about your product, the better the Food Centre can tailor our services to your goals and objectives.

Step 2
Once received, please allow 1-2 weeks for our staff to review your material. If the information received is complete and clearly indicates your product idea and business objectives, a Food Centre staff will be in contact with you by phone or email to arrange for the initial meeting. If there are questions with regard to your questionnaire, we will call or email you to clarify.

Step 3
The first meeting is an informal discussion of your product idea, business objectives and identifying the types of services required to get your “concept to consumer”. This meeting will help to identify gaps in your business plan that might need further review. On occasion, 1-2 meetings are scheduled to ensure that the client is ready to obtain the services of the Food Centre.

Step 4
If the objective is clear and the client has financial backing, the Food Centre will draft and forward a contract outlining an estimated cost of services and projected timeline for the project.

Check out our “Food Processors Guide”, a step-by-step guide to getting started in the food processing industry. The guide provides a brief and concise overview of the food processing industry and how to start up a food processing company on their own.

Prior to meeting with the Food Centre for the initial meeting, clients should consider doing some extensive research on markets, promotion, distribution, packaging of your product and competitors’ products.