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) supports the food and beverage industry with scientific R&D services from our lab located at George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario. As a Technology Access Centre, our team of food scientists, chefs, and industry professionals provide our clients with creative, practical, and science-based insights to solve product development challenges and help them bring new ideas to market.

Research services
  • Product and recipe development: Product development; Product optimization; Recipe development
  • Validation and support: Consumer sensory research; Focus groups; In-plant trials and pilot testing
  • Testing and compliance: Shelf-life validation; Nutritional analysis; Claims, regulatory, and packaging review
Sectors of application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Consumer non-durables
4000 square foot facility with a large kitchen filled with typical kitchen and factory-scale processing equipment (ovens, mixers, scales, kettles, blenders, etc.)Applied research and testing.
Private secured testing kitchenProprietary research and development.
State-of-the-art quantitative sensory testing facilityConsumer sensory evaluation.
Sensory evaluation softwareConsumer sensory evaluation.
Beverage carbonatorsProduct development and testing.
Homogenizer / emulsifierProduct development and testing.
Hobart MixerProduct development and testing.
Robot Coupe MixerProduct development and testing.
Food dehydratorProduct development and testing.
Freeze dryerProduct development and testing.
Steam kettlesModel: scrape surface and other. Product development and testing.
Brew / steep kettleProduct development and testing.
Ice cream machineProduct development and testing.
Blast chiller freezerProduct development and testing.
Tabletop convection burnersProduct development and testing.
Combi ovenProduct development and testing.
Accelerated shelf life test chambersProduct development and testing.
ESHA Genesis nutrition database softwareProduct development and testing.
Moisture meterProduct development and testing.
pH meterProduct development and testing.
ViscometerProduct development and testing.
ColorimeterProduct development and testing.
ChromameterProduct development and testing.
RefractometerProduct development and testing.
Water activity metersProduct development and testing.
Metal detectorProduct development and testing.
  • Awake Chocolate
  • Aware Beverages Inc.
  • Barilla Inc.
  • Everspring Farms
  • Flamaglo Foods Ltd. (YOSO)
  • Flow Hydration Inc.
  • Gidney Fisheries
  • Gord’s Ginger Beer Co.
  • Hero Ice Cream
  • Imago Restaurants Inc. (Duke Pubs)
  • Kawartha Lakes Food Source
  • KL Foods Inc.
  • Mado’s Sauces
  • Manning Canning
  • Martin’s Family Fruit Farm
  • Metro Inc.
  • Neale’s Sweet N Nice Inc.
  • Nola Baking Co.
  • NONA Vegan Foods
  • Nuba Beverages
  • O’Doughs Inc.
  • Pyung Hwa Food Company (PH Food Inc.)
  • Rawcology Inc.
  • Ready To Go Foods Inc.
  • Rootham Gourmet Preserves Ltd.
  • Siip Bone Broth
  • The J.M. Smucker Company
  • Stirling Creamery Ltd.
  • Superpower Snax Inc.
  • Sweetness Sugar Cookies
  • The Whole Living Kitchen (Healthy Crunch Company)
  • TMF Foods (The Meat Factory)
  • Torill’s Table
  • Two Bears Coffee


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