The Food Innovation and Research Studio (FIRSt) is a real-world accelerator, housed at George Brown College and staffed by industry experts from the food and beverage sector, that helps form partnerships and leverage the innovation resources of business, government and academia.
Food and beverage research and development lab
Product development, including concept ideation, recipe development, prototype development, shelf-life optimization, formulation development, and plant trial support; customer insight and testing, including consumer focus groups, sensory panels, shelf-life assessment, theoretical nutritional analysis, and market assessments; and training and workshops, including on-site corporate training, in-house training, and customized cooking demonstrations.
- Agriculture, animal science and food
- Consumer non-durables
Specialized Labs and Equipment
Name of equipment in use
Sensory evaluation system
|Water activity meter|
Private and Public Sector Research Partners
- Pyung Hwa Food Company (PH Food Inc.)
- St. Michael’s Hospital
- Stirling Creamery Ltd.
- Casa Manila Inc.
- Imago Restaurants Inc. (Duke Pubs)
- Scaccia Restaurant
- Everspring Farms
- NONA Vegan Foods
- University of Toronto
- Nuba Beverages
- Live Well With Parkinson’s
- Las Reinas
- Zpirit Infuzed Water (Zpirit Foods Inc.)
- Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
- Mado’s Sauces
- The Chufa Co.
- County Yum Club
- Dick Duff’s Inc.
- Karma Candy Inc.
- Manning Canning
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