Regional food processing and innovation hubs in B.C.

Through the BC Food Hub Network, there are currently regional food processing and innovation hubs (‘food hubs’) operating or under development in twelve communities in B.C.

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Commissary Connect - Vancouver (Opened February 2019)
Commissary Connect operates the Network’s pilot and demonstration site, located on Laurel Street in Vancouver. The facility is open 24/7 and provides local processors with access to a HACCP-ready facility. View Commissary Connect's website for more information.

Plenty & Grace - Surrey (Opened July 2020)
Plenty & Grace Food Hub & Innovation Centre (Plenty & Grace), located in Surrey, serves Fraser Valley plant-based food processors. View Plenty & Grace Food Hub & Innovation Centre’s website for more information.

The Dock+ - Port Alberni (Opened July 2020)
The Dock+, led by the Port Alberni Port Authority, serves shellfish, finfish, seaweed and offers commercial kitchen space for terrestrial processors on Vancouver Island. View TheDock+’s website for more information.

Sprout Kitchen - Quesnel (Now open)
Sprout Kitchen Regional Food Hub and Business Incubator (Sprout Kitchen), led by the City of Quesnel, offers regional food and agriculture businesses access to a shared commercial kitchen, specialty food processing equipment, cooler and freezer storage, and co-packing services. In 2022, Sprout Kitchen will be setting up a lab for food safety testing and a regional distribution network.  View Sprout Kitchen’s website for more information.

Zest Commercial Food Hub - Salmon Arm (Now open)
Zest Commercial Food Hub, led by the Salmon Arm Economic Development Society, offers regional food and agriculture businesses access to shared food and beverage processing space, equipment and services.

Cowichan Farm & Food Hub – Cowichan Valley (Opening 2022)
Cowichan Farm & Food Hub, led by the Cowichan Green Community Society, will offer a commercial teaching and processing kitchen, as well as an aggregation space for local food producers and processors.

The Stir - Kamloops (Opening 2022)
The Stir, led by the Kamloops Food Policy Council, provides kitchen facility rentals, business mentorship, and community support to help local food entrepreneurs start and scale-up their business to reach a wider market. The Stir specializes in canning and dehydration and offers – specialty food processing and packaging equipment, dry and cold storage, warehouse space, as well as a retail store and pop-up event space. Kitchen rentals are currently available through The Stir’s partner facilities in Kamloops and The Stir Food Processing and Innovation Centre. The retail Stir front will open in the spring of 2022. 

Kitchen Connect - Victoria (Opening Spring 2022)
Kitchen Connect, led by the Victoria Community Food Hub Society, will offer a shared processing and packaging facility and aggregation space to local processors and producers.

Fraser Valley Artisans Food Hub - Abbotsford (Opening 2022)
Fraser Valley Artisans Food Hub, led by the Mission Community Skills Centre Society, will offer shared kitchen space for food processing and commercial production and customized training programs for the food sector.

Centre for Seafood Innovation - Bowser, Vancouver Island (Opened April 2021)
The Centre for Seafood Innovation, led by Vancouver Island University (VIU), offers seafood businesses commercial culinary kitchen, event and training space. The centre offers applied R&D, and business development services to address seafood sector challenges and opportunities. As part of VIU, the centre accesses the research, science and technology, social sciences, culinary, and management expertise needed for innovation. 

Kootenay Boundary Food Hub – Rock Creek and Greenwood (Opening 2021)
Kootenay Boundary Food Hub, led by the West Boundary Community Services Co-op Association, will offer a co-packing and processing kitchen to meat producers in Rock Creek and a bakery test kitchen to processors in Greenwood.

Kootenay Farms Food Hub and Innovation Centre - Creston (Now open)
Kootenay Farms Food Hub and Innovation Centre, led by Fields Forward, will offer co-packing space, shared-use food packaging space, storage facilities and wet and dry processing equipment to local producers and processors.

Food hub feasibility study and business planning projects
A total of $465,000 in funding under the BC Food Hub Network program has been provided to organizations across the province for the completion of food hub feasibility study and business planning projects:

  1. Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable, Victoria (2019/2020)
  2. City of Quesnel, Quesnel (2018/2019)
  3. City of Salmon Arm, Shuswap Region (2019/2020 & 2020/21)
  4. Columbia Basin Trust, Columbia Basin (2018/2019)
  5. District of Summerland, Summerland (2018/2019)
  6. Good to Grow Natural Products Coaching (partnering with the British Columbia Institute of Technology), North Vancouver (2019/2020)
  7. Kamloops Food Policy Council, Kamloops (2019/2020)
  8. North Island College, Courtenay (2019/2020)
  9. Upper Skeena Development Centre Society, Hazelton (2019/2020)
  10. Vancouver Island University, Deep Bay/Nanaimo (2018/2019 & 2019/2020)