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Food Processing Development Centre

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Food Processing Development Centre
6309 - 45 Street
Leduc, Alberta
Phone: (780) 986-4793
Fax: (780) 986-5138


Leduc’s Food Processing Development Centre is a modern, fully equipped pilot plant and product development facility. It's staffed with experienced food scientists, engineers and technologists. Services are designed to strengthen and expand the capability of food processors to meet the challenges of the marketplace through application of new technology and the development of new or improved products and processes.

The Food Processing Development Centre also houses the Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator. The incubator is a multi-tenant CFIA approved facility enabling new food processors to scale-up and commercialize new products, which can be nationally and internationally marketed.

Core services

  • Product development:
    • Technical consultations
    • Concept analysis and development
    • Prototype design and demonstration
    • Product packaging technology
    • Regulatory requirements and labeling assistance
    • Quality control/quality assurance specifications
  • Pilot Plant/Process Development
    • The pilot plant consists of four separate processing areas: meat, wet process, dry process and fine particulate. Equipment can be integrated to provide a process made up of unit operations such as size reduction, drying, separation, heat transfer, extrusion processing, concentration, smoking, packaging and mixing. A complete forming, batter/breading, frying, cooking, baking and freezing line is also available and can be arranged in any required sequence (click here for list of equipment).
    • The pilot plant can be used for scale-up and process design, as well as interim and test-market productions.
  • Analytical services
    • Product evaluations of physical properties, such as colour and texture, as well as chemical composition and microbial qualities. Analysis supports shelf-life determinations and nutrition labeling requirements.
  • Sensory evaluation
    • A comprehensive sensory laboratory in Leduc, with access to experienced and trained panelists
    • A Consumer Product Testing Centre in downtown Edmonton including a database of consumer panelists to meet the demographic requirements of your product
    • Access to institutional food preparation equipment, to mimic end-user preparations
    • Statistical data analysis and product test reports
  • Food Science & Technology Centre (Brooks, AB)
    • Experienced specialists provide R&D services in post harvest handling and storage, value added processing of horticulture, greenhouse and specialty crops and product development.


  • Federally inspected pilot plant areas and product development kitchens
  • Sensory and Consumer Product Testing Centres (in Leduc and Edmonton)
  • Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator: 8 fully serviced processing bays with centralized shipping and receiving and shared cold storage, staff welfare areas and reception.


  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Meat Hygiene Directorate Standards as an establishment registered with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Pilot plant meets all requirements for the shipment of products containing meat ingredients, both inter-provincially and internationally.
  • Utilizes HACCP systems.
  • Incubator meets CFIA building requirements and can be federally registered with approval of HACCP Plans

One stop shop for Canada's food and bio-products industry.