Food Innovation and Research Studio (FIRSt)

George Brown College, Toronto, Ontario
What the facility does

Food and beverage research and development lab

Areas of expertise

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.

Research services

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.

Sectors of application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Consumer non-durables


Sensory evaluation system

Water activity meter
pH meter
Moisture meter
  • 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
  • Tropix
  • 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