Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre (CFWI-IC)

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Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre (CFWI-IC)

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TAC Name:Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre (CFWI-IC)
Affiliated With:Niagara College
TAC awarded: 2016, 2018
Short Description:The Canadian Food & Wine Institute (CFWI) Innovation Centre offers recipe and new product development; food and beverage safety and regulatory assistance; laboratory services; sensory analysis and consumer testing; and nutritional labelling services. Our resources include a microbiology lab; chemistry lab; food quality lab; a shelf-life lab; brewery; winery; and commercial kitchens.
Twitter Pitch:The Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre helps companies innovate and compete in the global food & bev market; and through real-world research partnerships, trains the next generation of talent. #ncinnovation
Address:135 Taylor Road, S. S. #4, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
Point of Contact:Name: Lyndon Ashton, Centre Manager


Phone: +1-905-641-2252×4273



Services offered in: English

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Areas of Innovation Expertise:·         Recipe and New Product Development

·         Food and Beverage Safety and Regulatory Assistance

·         Laboratory Services (microbiology, chemistry, food quality and shelf-life testing)

·         Sensory Analysis and Consumer Testing

·         Nutritional Labelling Services

Technical and Business Services·         Assistance with building products approvals and commercialization

·         Business development & market research services

·         Business Mentorship referrals

·         Competitive market analysis

·         Concept ideation & design review

·         Consumer focus groups

·         Food and beverage safety and regulatory assistance

·         Laboratory services (microbiology, chemistry, food quality and shelf-life testing)

·         Proof of concept

·         Recipe and new product development

·         Regulatory guidance

·         Retail product label & packaging review

·         Scientific and technological monitoring

·         Scientific report writing

·         Technology evaluation / validation

·         Commercialization referrals

·         Competitive assessments

·         Digital media & web solutions

·         Facilitation service (introduction)

·         Field trials/simulation

·         Ingredient selection and recommendations

·         Literature reviews

·         Market analysis

·         Nutritional labelling services

·         Problem solving

·         Product testing

·         Project management

·         Sample analysis & testing

·         Sensory analysis and consumer testing

·         Testing Services

Applied Research and Development·         Concept validation

·         Design of Experiment

·         Human Factors Studies

·         Laboratory/pilot scale prototyping

·         Product re-design & improvement

·         Product design & development

·         Coaching

·         Regulatory guidance

·         Report preparation on R&D results

·         Sensory research facilities

Training·         Corporate on-site & in-house training

·         Design, development, and delivery of customized training

·         Interactive workshop Sessions

·         Needs assessment and gap analysis

·         Skills assessment/Competency evaluation

·         Connections to co-op placement opportunities

·         Curriculum development

·         Qualitative & quantitative research

·         Train the trainer

·         Training planning

Technology Diffusion·         Networking events

·         Open houses – testing facility & personnel

·         Presentation of results at conferences

·         Publishing in Peer Reviewed Literature

·         Seminars and Workshops

·         Evening speaker series

·         Field site product demonstration

·         Industry-specific events & symposia

·         Participation at trade shows & other venues with or on behalf of partners

Specialized Equipment Available·         Microbiology Lab

·         Note: Unique to Niagara area

·         Biosafety Cabinet

·         CO2-Incubator

·         Cryo-centrifuge

·         Spiral Plater

·         Colony Counter

·         Kinetic Microplate Reader

·         Real-time PCR; Electrophoresis

·         Chemistry Lab

·         Note: Unique to Niagara area

·         U-HPLC

·         UV-VIS Spectrophotometer

·         Gas Chromatograph

·         Automated Titrator

·         Ultrasonic Bath

·         Food Quality Lab

·         Note: Unique to Niagara area

·         FTIR Wine Analyzer

·         Beer Analyzer

·         DO Meter

·         Non-destructive CO2 Laser Detector

·         Density Meter

·         Texture Analyzer

·         Colorimeter

·         Water Activity Meter

·         Rheometer

·         Moisture Analyzer

·         Viscosity Meter; Refractometer

·         Shelf-life Lab

·         Note: Unique to Niagara area

·         Modified Atmosphere Packaging Unit

·         Bulk Tray Dryer

·         Walk-in Refrigerator/ Freezer

·         Freeze-drying Unit; Humidity Chambers

·         Thermal Validation Equipment

·         Niagara College Teaching Brewery

·         Note: Unique to Ontario

·         Small-scale functional brewery and 3/4 Acre Research Hops Yard

·         Niagara College Teaching Winery

·         Note: Unique to Canada

·         Small-scale functional winery and 40 Acre Production and Research Vineyard

·         Niagara College Culinary Labs

·         Note: Unique to Niagara area

·         Full-scale commercial kitchens



Applied research and partnerships are a win-win! Industry benefits from research facilities, staff and equipment, and students get real-world experience that translates to jobs like Ryan's. Kudos for leading the way, @NCResearchInnov, @niagaracollege! #MeetTheTACs…

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