FIRSt helps food and beverage businesses in Ontario grow profitably through product innovation. FIRSt accelerates new food and beverage ideas “from concept to commercialization”, by offering industry access to strategic and technical resources, state of the art culinary research facilities, and high-value networking opportunities.
Areas of Innovation Expertise
Point of Contact:
Name: Michelle Kienitz, Manager, Industry Liaison and Business Development
Services offered in: English and French
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Food Innovation Research Studio (FIRSt) George Brown College Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts : Applied Research 215 King St. E., Room 416, Toronto, Ontario M5A 1J9 Technical and Business Services Assistance with building products approvals and commercialization Business development & market research services Business Mentorship referrals Competitive assessments Competitive market analysis Design Services Digital Media & Web Solutions Early-Stage Business Development Literature reviews Marketing Advisory Services referrals Proof of concept Regulatory guidance Retail product label & packaging review Technology evaluation / validation Commercialization referrals Consumer focus groups Ingredient selection and recommendations Product styling & photography Concept ideation & design review Market analysis Project management Problem solving Product testing Sample analysis & testing Testing Services Applied Research and Development Concept validation Laboratory/pilot scale prototyping Pre-clinical development (chemistry & analytical biochemistry, metabolomics, pharmaceutical science, cell biology & microbiology) Product Re-design & Improvement Regulatory guidance Product Design & Development Sensory research facilities Report preparation on R&D results Provincial and federal grant proposal development Training Corporate on-site & in-house training Interactive Workshop Sessions Design, development, and delivery of customized training Needs assessment and gap analysis Train the trainer Connections to co-op placement opportunities Qualitative & quantitative research Curriculum development Training planning Technology Diffusion Rental of space & equipment Networking events Presentation of results at conferences Seminars and Workshops Industry-specific events & symposia Evening speaker series Field site product demonstration Participation at trade shows & other venues with or on behalf of partners Inventory of Specialized Equipment