Canadian Food Innovators funded research projects 2018-2023

16 October 2019

The following research projects have been funded through the Canadian Food Innovators - Innovateurs canadiens en alimentation (CFI-ICA) research cluster.

Brewing with Craft Floor Malt: A Pilot Study

Principal investigator: Dr. R. A. Speers, Dalhousie University
Partners: Propeller Brewing Co., Horton Ridge Malt and Grain Co and 2 Crows Brewing Co.
Synopsis: This project is looking to improve barley floor malting for brewing by monitoring the effects of different processing variables on malt quality. Flavour differences between floor malting and conventional malting of Canadian barley and use of different Canadian varieties will also be studied.

Development of mushroom chitosan as a natural shelf-life extending ingredient for use in Canadian clean label processed food and beverages
Principal investigator: David Brown, Chinova Bioworks
Partner: Chinova Bioworks 
Synopsis: This project is developing chitosan, a naturally occurring fiber found in White Button mushrooms, as an effective and natural antimicrobial that can replace synthetic preservatives in food and beverage processing. It will also gather the necessary data needed for a Health Canada regulatory application that would allow the product to be used as a food ingredient in Canada.

Extraction of value added bioactive ingredients for use in functional foods and films
Principal investigator: Dr. Beth Mason, Cape Breton University
Partners: Saputo Dairy Products Canada, Acadian Seaplants Ltd and COPOL International Ltd.
Synopsis: This research aims to develop a new process that would replace chemical preservatives with a functional bio-film that has antimicrobial, antioxidant and biosensing properties. The bioactive molecules would use co-products from cheese production and waste streams from marine and poultry processing.

Optimizing microbiological quality and safety of fresh and processed pork products
Principal investigators: Dr. Guylaine Talbot, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Sherbrooke; Dr. Sylvain Fournaise, Olymel S.E.C/L.P; Prof. L. Saucier PhD, agr., chm., Université Laval, Québec
Partner: Olymel
Synopsis: This project is looking at the influence of using antibiotics in pig feed and different nutritional strategies to better understand how to achieve an “optimal” pig microbiome for better control of pathogenic and spoilage microflora of fresh and processed pork products with the goal of extending shelf life for export markets.

The evaluation and implementation of bio protection and competitive biofilms in the food industry
Principal investigators: Dr. Tony Savard, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada St. Hyacinthe;
Partners: Exceldor, Bonduelle Canada
Synopsis: This activity will investigate the use of clean solutions like polymicrobial biofilms to increase product shelf life, and explore antibacterial strategies against pathogens like salmonella, listeria and campylobacter.           

Using pulsed light as an antimicrobial treatment of frozen vegetables
Principal investigators: Louis Falardeau, Bonduelle Canada; Louis Sasseville, Cintech
Partners: Bonduelle Canada, Cintech
Synopsis: This project is looking at the potential of pulsed light as additional safety barrier to minimize the risk of the incidence of listeria in frozen vegetables

Chemical-free food safety approach to mitigate Listeria in food processing environment
Principal investigator: Dr. Hany Anany, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Guelph
Partner: Gay Lea Foods Co-operative
Synopsis:  The main objective is to develop procedures to reduce Listeria in dairy processing through development of a bio-sanitation agent for use on food contact surfaces and drains in food processing facilities.

Unlocking new functionalities and health benefits in wheat product applications
Principal investigator: Dr. Iris Joye, University of Guelph
Partners: Mondelez International, Ardent Mills, Dare Foods Limited, Griffith Foods Ltd., Everspring Farms and Ontario Cereal Industry Research Council.
Synopsis: This project is exploring new health properties of wheat through sprouting and milling of Ontario-grown coloured wheat, as well as enabling clean labels by replacing food additives with sprouted wheat.

Process optimization for functional oat protein production
Principal investigator: Dr. Rotimi Aluko, University of Manitoba
Partners: Richardson Milling Ltd. and Manitoba Food Development Centre
Synopsis: This activity is developing a process for producing high protein oat powders and products that could be scaled up commercially and used in development of new food products.

Evaluating the effect of processing methods, genotype and environment on the extractability of protein from oats and characterizing physiochemical and nutritional attributes of oat protein
Principal investigator: Dr. Nancy Ames, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals
Synopsis: This project is developing cost-effective extraction and concentration processes to identify Canadian oat varieties suited to oat protein production, as well as investigate and characterize the functional properties of oat protein and assess nutritional attributes. The goal is to be enable promotion of oat protein as a food ingredient.