Food Innovation & Research Studio (FIRSt)

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TAC Name:Food Innovation & Research Studio (FIRSt)
Affiliated With:George Brown College
TAC awarded: 2012, 2017
Short Description:FIRSt helps food and beverage businesses in Ontario grow profitably through product innovation. FIRSt accelerates new food and beverage ideas “from concept to commercialization”, by offering industry access to strategic and technical resources, state of the art culinary research facilities, and high-value networking opportunities.
Twitter Pitch:Food for Thought. We research how and what you eat.

Food Innovation & Research Studio (FIRSt) provides top-shelf knowledge about how / what we eat.

Address:215 King St. East, 4th, Toronto, ON M5A 1J9
Point of Contact:Name: Michelle Kienitz, Manager, Industry Liaison and Business Development


Phone: +1-416-415-5000×5575



Services offered in: English and French

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Areas of Innovation Expertise:·         Concept to Commercialization Product Development

·         Prototype Validation and Optimization

·         Process Optimization and Quality Systems Design

·         Culinary and Technical Training

·         Market analysis & business plan development

·         Regulatory & labelling

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

·         Business development & market research services

·         Business Mentorship referrals

·         Competitive assessments

·         Competitive market analysis

·         Design Services

·         Digital Media & Web Solutions

·         Early-Stage Business Development

·         Literature reviews

·         Marketing Advisory Services referrals

·         Proof of concept

·         Regulatory guidance

·         Retail product label & packaging review

·         Technology evaluation / validation

·         Commercialization referrals

·         Consumer focus groups

·         Ingredient selection and recommendations

·         Product styling & photography

·         Concept ideation & design review

·         Market analysis

·         Project management

·         Problem solving

·         Product testing

·         Sample analysis & testing

·         Testing Services

Applied Research and Development·         Concept validation

·         Laboratory/pilot scale prototyping

·         Pre-clinical development (chemistry & analytical biochemistry, metabolomics, pharmaceutical science, cell biology & microbiology)

·         Product Re-design & Improvement

·         Regulatory guidance

·         Product Design & Development

·         Sensory research facilities

·         Report preparation on R&D results

·         Provincial and federal grant proposal development

Training·         Corporate on-site & in-house training

·         Interactive Workshop Sessions

·         Design, development, and delivery of customized training

·         Needs assessment and gap analysis

·         Train the trainer

·         Connections to co-op placement opportunities

·         Qualitative & quantitative research

·         Curriculum development

·         Training planning

Technology Diffusion·         Rental of space & equipment

·         Networking events

·         Presentation of results at conferences

·         Seminars and Workshops

·         Industry-specific events & symposia

·         Evening speaker series

·         Field site product demonstration

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

Specialized Equipment Available·         A 4000 square foot facility with a large kitchen that can accommodate up to three clients simultaneously with: a private kitchen for proprietary research, a state of the art sensory testing area, and a prototyping area.

·         Beverage carbonators

·         Food emulsifier/ Robot Coupe mixer

·         Accelerated shelf life oven with Ro-tap sieve shaker

·         Dehydrator

·         Viscometer

·         Water activity meter

·         Vacuum sealer

·         Compusense Cloud sensory evaluation software

·         ESHA Genesis nutritional database software

·         Mintel / GNPD database

·         Colourimeter

·         Digital buret

·         Pacojet

·         Bostwick consistometers

·         Food portioning scales

·         Refractometers

·         Precision scales (analytical, lab, factory sizes)

·         6 burner foodservice stove / oven

·         Table top Convection oven

·         Hobart mixer

·         Moisture meter

·         Packaging sealer

·         1 metal detector

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