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Analytical Services

Funded/Offered by:
Prince Edward Island Bio|Food|Tech Centre

Summary: The FTC provides diverse analytical services to the agri-food sector that help with new product development. It encourages food safety, nutrition labelling and sensory analysis, and to this end, it works with food companies to identify risks, to create risk management systems and to implement Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point programs. Its microbiological research and development is regarded highly by the industry and its pesticide analysis uses modern equipment such as the HPLC, GC and GC/MS. The FTC also assists processors in modifying processes, storage methods as well as starting materials in order to achieve optimum quality.


Eligibility requirements: The FTC is a contract company. If you require analytical help, you can contact it directly.


For more information:


Mary Jane Grant

Human Resource and Promotions Officer
Operating Services, PEI Bio|Food|Tech
Tel: (902) 368-5469
Fax: (902) 368-5549
E-mail: mjgrant@gov.pe.ca

PEI Bio|Food|Tech
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown PEI C1A 7N8
www.biofoodtech.ca



Food Development & Testing

Funded/Offered by: New Brunswick Research and Productivity Council (RPC)

Summary: Possessing the only food pilot plant in New Brunswick, the RPC allows their clients to explore new concepts in products and packaging with prospective customers. They use methods such as focus group testing, surveys and sensory evaluations. Sensitive to technical and economic appropriateness, they also aid in recipe development, nutritional analysis, microbial analysis, shelf life analysis, food process engineering and packaging materials. Their goal is to help clients turn their innovative food product ideas into business opportunities.


Eligibility requirements: RPC is a contract organization; although they focus on assisting small- to medium-sized businesses, their services are available equally to the public and private sectors.


For more information:


Research and Productivity Council

921 College Hill Road
Fredericton, NB E3B 6Z9
Tel: (506) 452-1212
Toll Free: 1-800-563-0844
Fax: (506) 452-1395
E-Mail: info@rpc.ca
Web site:
www.rpc.ca/english/servfood.html



Food Research Centre (FRC)


Funded/Offered by: Food Research Centre, University of Moncton


Summary: The FRC is founded on furthering research in the agri-food and marine domain, and consequently, offers its services to the Maritime food industry. Specifically, the FRC helps processors in the fields of applied research, new product development, and chemical, microbiological and sensory analysis. Boasting an experienced staff, the FRC focuses on small- to medium-sized businesses in order to contribute to expand their resources as well as to encourage technological innovations. Its services are specialized towards the development of technological products and services, particularly that which concerns value-added foods.



For more information:


Food Research Centre

Jacqueline-Bouchard Hall
University de Moncton
Moncton, NB E1A 3E9
Tel: (506) 858-4284
Fax: (506) 858-4540

Web site (French only) : http://web.umoncton.ca/umcm-cra/Page__accueil/Accueil.html



Product and Quality Development

Funded/Offered by: The Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture.

Summary: The Product and Quality Development offers a variety of services based on the following goals:

  • to strengthen the capacity for development of value-added agricultural products, services and technologies.
  • to increase opportunities for government and industry quality and innovation initiatives in the agri-food sector.
  • to address barriers to the development and commercialization of agricultural and food products, technologies and services.
  • to identify, develop and promote value-added opportunities through co-ordinated and facilitated partnerships and strategic alliances at the community level.
In an effort to achieve these goals in a timely and financially responsible manner, the Division has developed the following strategic priorities. These strategic priorities have been developed through team efforts and will be actively pursued. Industry partners may have the opportunity to source technical information, linkages with industry or equipment suppliers and/or funding.

Strategic Priorities:

The Product and Quality Development Team identified the following priorities:
  • encourage both primary and secondary producers in the agriculture industry to produce new, value-added, and high quality products. The Division's role is designed to reduce barriers to commercialization and provide strategic linkages between industry and government participants.
  • provide professional support and strategic linkages to assist clients and businesses associated with the agriculture and food processing sectors to investigate new processes, equipment, technologies, packaging and products outside of Nova Scotia.
  • partner with industry organizations and other department agencies to identify, develop and promote value-added opportunities surrounding the agriculture and food processing sectors.
  • develop initiatives targeting potential new clients, quality improvements, training and promotion of members' products and services in co-operation with the Taste of Nova Scotia Society and the Taste of Nova Scotia Quality Food Council.
For more information:

Derrick Brooks, Manager
Industry Development and Business Services
Product and Quality Development Division
PO Box 2223
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3C4
Phone: (902) 424- 0344
Fax: (902) 424-4671
Email: brooksda@gov.ns.ca
Web site: www.gov.ns.ca/agri/marketing/proddev/




NB Growth Program

Funded/Offered by: Government of New Brunswick, Business New Brunswick.


Summary: The objectives of the NB Growth Program (NBGP) are to create sustainable employment opportunities in New Brunswick by financially stimulating small businesses to pursue opportunities within targeted sectors of the economy and to stimulate capital investment for small business start-up, expansion, diversification, innovation, and productivity improvement.

Eligibility requirements: Eligible businesses are those private sector businesses as listed below,
  • manufacturing and processing industries
  • information technology related industries
  • full-time tourism activity/service operations offering services and/or activities specifically targeted at the tourism market which are consistent with the objectives of the Department of Tourism and Parks (if seasonal, such businesses must operate full time throughout an annual operating season of not less than 90 consecutive days)
  • commercial (i.e. business to business) service sector firms which are primarily engaged in export oriented or import replacement activity
  • cultural enterprises, which for the purposes of this program are defined as film and video production, performing arts businesses, music and sound recording and production services, book and periodical publishing (excluding the publication of news periodicals), and craft production.
To be eligible, businesses must:
  • propose to operate on a full-time year-round basis (with the exception of seasonal tourism businesses which must operate full-time throughout an annual operating season of not less than 90 consecutive days)
  • be ready to undertake commercial operations or be at an advanced stage of development
  • be establishing, expanding, diversifying, or improving competitiveness with eligible capital costs of less than $500,000 (In addition, the most recent annual sales levels of existing businesses undertaking expansion, diversification or competitiveness projects must be less than $5,000,000.)
For more information:

Reception : (506) 453-2875
Fax : (506) 444-4277
Email : jeff.trail@gnb.ca
www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/services/services_renderer.200534.html



New Brunswick Research and
Productivity Council (RPC)

Funded/Offered by: New Brunswick Research and Productivity Council (RPC)


Summary: RPC has been a contract corporation providing research and development and technical services since 1962. Typical projects involve developing innovative products and improving resources and manufacturing productivity as well as offering analytical and testing services. Research is facilitated with not only an experienced staff but also with a collection of more than 50,000 standards, monographs, reports, and scientific and technical journals. RPC serves most industry sectors in Atlantic Canada including utilities, aquaculture, information technology, environmental, pulp and paper, mining and forestry. The range of services includes metallurgy, specialty NDE applications, design, environmental analytical chemistry, pest management, fish health, and DNA diagnostics. In addition, RPC partners with other organizations to offer programs such as the Industrial Research Assistance Program in conjunction with National Research Council of Canada.


Eligibility requirements: RPC is a contract company; although they focus on assisting small- to medium-sized businesses, their services are available equally to the public and private sectors.


For more information:


Research and Productivity Council

921 College Hill Road
Fredericton, NB E3B 6Z9
Tel: (506) 452-1212
Toll Free: 1-800-563-0844
Fax: (506) 452-1395
E-Mail: info@rpc.ca
Web site: www.rpc.ca

For technical and analytical inquiries, please contact:


Kathy Edwards

Marketing Manager
Tel: (506) 460-5765



Pilot Plant


Funded/Offered by: Prince Edward Island Bio|Food|Tech Centre


Summary: The FTC’s pilot plant is geared towards marine and agri-food processing, allowing clients to test their product for national and international markets standards without going to the expense of a full-sized production unit. Featuring modern equipment – such as the Rheon Co-extruder – the pilot plant can handle a variety of processes and manufacture a wide range of food products to test issues of packaging, cooking, heat treatment, freezing and cooling. The packaging technologies available include Modified Atmosphere Packaging and vacuum-skin packaging. Finally, the pilot plant can also test the viability new equipment.


Eligibility requirements: The FTC is a contract company. If you require its services, you can contact it directly.


For more information:


Mary Jane Grant

Human Resource and Promotions Officer
Operating Services, PEI Bio|Food|Tech
Tel: (902) 368-5469
Fax: (902) 368-5549
E-mail: mjgrant@gov.pe.ca

PEI Food Technology Centre

PO Box 2000
Charlottetown PEI C1A 7N8
www.biofoodtech.ca



Product Development


Funded/Offered by:
Prince Edward Island Bio|Food|Tech Centre

Summary: The FTC features up-to-date technology to provide consistent, accurate results when developping new food products and processes or improve existing ones. The knowledgeable staff will help with initial product and process formulation, and continue the work at the pilot plant, where the product can be tested and perfected to meet national and international market standards. Analytical services ensure product has appropriate composition while sensory analyses measure food attributes like taste, texture, appearance and odour. All tests are performed under controlled conditions and analysed using the latest statistical information.


Eligibility requirements: The FTC is a contract company. If you require help with product development, you can contact it directly.


For more information:


Mary Jane Grant

Human Resource and Promotions Officer
Operating Services, PEI Bio|Food|Tech
Tel: (902) 368-5469
Fax: (902) 368-5549
E-mail: mjgrant@gov.pe.ca

PEI
Bio|Food|Tech
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown PEI C1A 7N8
www.biofoodtech.ca



Research and Development


Funded/Offered by: Prince Edward Island
Bio|Food|Tech Centre

Summary: Although the FTC’s main priority is responding to the immediate needs of the food industry, its researchers are also involved in various other projects. One of its focuses is on the improved utilization of waste products. Being in PEI, potato wastage research is important to the local industry and thus, the researchers are developing methods to recycle this resource. Microbiologists are involved in devising ways to eliminate dangerous food-borne microorganisms, such as Yersinia; in fact, their work on this latter parasite has been published in renowned journals. Other significant projects include creating methods to destroy Listeria monocytogenes and using fish waste to reduce PEI’s dependence on imported protein for animal feed.


Eligibility requirements: The FTC is a contract company. If you require help with research and development, you can contact it directly.


For more information:


Mary Jane Grant

Human Resource and Promotions Officer
Operating Services, PEI Bio|Food|Tech

Tel: (902) 368-5469
Fax: (902) 368-5549
E-mail: mjgrant@gov.pe.ca

PEI Food Technology Centre

PO Box 2000
Charlottetown PEI C1A 7N8
www.biofoodtech.ca



Sensory Analysis


Funded/Offered by: Prince Edward Island
Bio|Food|Tech Centre

Summary: Since taste, texture, appearance, odour and aftertaste cannot be measured by physical or chemical tests, the FTC carefully selects panellists and trains them to evaluate client’s products effectively. Controlled conditions of tests are ensured by the use of a specialized computer system. The results are analyzed using the latest statistical techniques. The FTC recommends sensory analysis for the following purposes:


  • To identify possible ingredient substitutions
  • To determine if a new or improved product would be acceptable to consumers
  • To evaluate and compare competitors’ products
  • To evaluate a product throughout its storage life
  • To set standards for product attribute acceptability

Eligibility requirements: The FTC is a contract company. If you require sensory analysis help, you can contact it directly.



For more information:


Mary Jane Grant

Human Resource and Promotions Officer
Operating Services, PEI Bio|Food|Tech
Tel: (902) 368-5469
Fax: (902) 368-5549
E-mail: mjgrant@gov.pe.ca

PEI Food Technology Centre

PO Box 2000
Charlottetown PEI C1A 7N8
www.biofoodtech.ca



Marketing Support Program (MSP)


Funded/Offered by: Prince Edward Island Business Development (PEIBD)


Summary:The MSP is geared towards initiating and expanding PEI’s export market and, as such, assists businesses to develop from start-up through to international exporting. The government provides help with the consumer research and in identifying effective advertising and promotional tools. To this end, it gives a non-repayable contribution to businesses that require marketing advice and support. It also follows through on its support, monitoring the business for two years thereafter.


Eligibility requirements: Manufacturers, processors or providers of exportable services are eligible for this program as long as the company is a sole proprietorship, partnership, cooperative or limited liability.


Each business is allowed up to two applications per year, totalling up to $40 000.


For more information on the program and the eligibility requirements, please visit the PEIBD website,
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/IPEI_MarktngSup.pdf


For more information:


Prince Edward Island Business Development
25 University Ave
Holman Building, Third floor
PO Box 910
Charlottetown PE C1A 7L9
Tel.: (902) 368-6300
Toll-free: 1-800-563-3734
Fax: (902) 368-6301
E-mail: business@gov.pe.ca
Web site: www.peibusinessdevelopment.com



Research and Development Assistance


Funded/Offered by: New Brunswick Department of Investment and Exports (DIE)


Summary: The manufacturing and information technology industries in New Brunswick offer consulting, scientific research and technical assistance at one of the lowest R&D costs in Canada. Working in collaboration with industry, government and R&D facilities, the DIE offers programs such as the 10% tax credit on R&D activities and the Industrial Research Assistance Program to provide businesses with technical assistance and funding. This network of public and private sector encourages investment, development and entrepreneurship.


Eligibility requirements: R&D activities are eligible for a 10% tax credit towards the payment of New Brunswick corporate tax. Qualifying expenditures are net of any government and non-government assistance.


For more information:


Investment Division

New Brunswick Department of Investment and Exports
P. O. Box 6000
670 King Street, Room 571
Fredericton NB E3B 5H1
Tel: 1-800-665-1800
Fax: (506) 444-4277
E-mail: nbfirst@gnb.ca
Web site: www.newbrunswick.ca/investment/innovation/programs/



Business Development Program (BDP)

Funded/Offered by: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)


Summary:The goal of the BDP is to help set up, expand and modernize small business by offering financing in the form of interest-free, unsecured, repayable contributions. It looks to support projects that meet the following criteria:

  • Provide economic benefit to an area or a community
  • Demonstrate need for financial assistance
  • Be economically viable
Financing is available to most business sectors except retail/wholesale, real estate, government services and services of a personal or social nature.

Eligibility requirements:Both commercial and not-for-profit applicants are eligible.


Eligible activities include business studies, capital investment, training, marketing, quality assurance, and not-for-profit activities that support business in the region. Assistance is also available to help you bid for and acquire public and private procurement contracts or to develop an innovative product or service.


To find out more about the BDP and the amount of financing available, contact the ACOA office nearest you.


For more information:


Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

www.acoa.ca/e/financial/business.shtml

Head Office

Blue Cross Centre, 3rd Floor
644 Main Street
PO Box 6051
Moncton NB E1C 9J8
General Enquiries: (506) 851-2271
Toll Free: (800) 561-7862
Fax : (506) 851-7403
Secure Fax: (506) 857-1301
Device For The Hearing & Speech Impaired (TTY): (506) 851-3540
Access to Information/Privacy : (506) 851-3845