Centre for Culinary Innovation

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Edmonton, Alberta
What the facility does

Specializes in bench-top food and beverage product development, characterization of new food ingredients, and recipe development with a focus on flavour first

Areas of expertise

NAIT’s Centre for Culinary Innovation has expertise in new food and beverage product development that blends culinary creativity with food science principles to create foods that taste amazing and scale-up from bench top. The Centre has a focus on the utilization of crops grown in Alberta and specializes in plant-based foods.

The Centre has a multi-functional Research Kitchen, Meat Laboratory and Cheese Laboratory that allow food businesses to access expertise, equipment and infrastructure.

Research services
  • Food and beverage concept ideation
  • Bench-top food product development
  • Food ingredient evaluation and characterization
  • Taste panel evaluations
  • Food product demonstrations
  • Project management
  • Literature reviews
  • Rental of space and equipment
  • Reverse engineering of food products
  • Nutrition facts panel generation
  • Technical training/interactive workshops
  • Sample analysis and testing
  • Equipment demonstrations
Sectors of application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Education
  • Manufacturing and processing

Specialized lab



Research Kitchen

Freeze Dryer



Rational combi oven



Meat grinder



Pasta extruder



Marble confectioners’ surface



Ice cream machine



Vacuum sealer



Food dehydrator



Thermocirculator (sous-vide)



Vacuum tumbler



Dough sheeter


Retail Meat Laboratory

Vacuum stuffer









Silent cutter/bowl chopper



Vemag stuffer



Vacuum tumbler



Fermentation chambers

For fermented meat products

Cheese Lab

Raw milk receiving equipment



Cheese vat

Up to 200 L



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