Innovation & Technology
Innovation can be a solution to overcoming obstacles or barriers to the growth and success of your company. B.C. food processing companies use a wide range of food manufacturing techniques but there is always room for improvement to design and efficiency.
The innovation and technology needs within British Columbia's food processing sector are as diverse as the products they make. Several government agencies and industry organizations can help you explore opportunities that may help overcome challenges or advance your food processing business.
BC Innovation Council (BCIC)
The BCIC accelerates the growth and success of B.C. companies by providing resource to solve challenges and drive competitiveness in B.C. industries. BCIC partners with academia, government and industry organizations to deliver programs, initiatives and events that support technology entrepreneurs and accelerate company growth.
University of British Columbia (UBC) Food Sciences Group
The UBC Food Science program focuses on the biochemistry, microbiology, safety, processing, engineering, and biotechnology of novel and traditional food systems. Opportunities may be available for research partnerships.
BC Institute of Technology (BCIT)
BCIT's Natural Health and Food Products Research Group (NRG) addresses issues of product quality, process improvement and human health using basic and applied science along with state of the art technology.
BCIT's Applied Research Groups work with business and industry to develop innovative solutions in a wide range of research areas.
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)
Seed Food Innovation Grants are available through an industry partnership to provide seeding funds for trans-disciplinary research proposals that address food and health challenges.
Investment Agriculture Foundation
The Investment Agriculture Foundation is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization representing the agriculture, food processing, farm supply and post farm gate sectors across British Columbia.
There are many food processing equipment suppliers throughout the province. Consider networking with industry leaders and associations to help determine a match. Trade shows and industry led seminars and workshops are often a good place to start.