Food and Beverage Innovation Priority Forum dates announced

25 April 2017

Canadian Food Innovators leading national research and innovation priority development

Winnipeg, 25 April 2017 – Canadian Food Innovators (CFI) is seeking input from Canada’s food and beverage processing industry to understand research needs and innovation priorities at the company level. This outreach is in support of CFI’s work to develop national research and innovation priorities for food and beverage processing in Canada.

“The 2017 federal budget mentioned the word “innovation” over 200 times, which shows clearly that innovation is at the centre of Canada’s plans for the future,” says Dave Shambrock, CFI Chair. “We need the help of Canada’s food and beverage processors to establish research and innovation priorities that will support them in strengthening the competitive position of the sector and drive economic growth.”

The research and innovation priorities will help inform public investment in food and beverage processing for the next five years, and will be used to stimulate future project proposals from food and beverage companies as part of the national food and beverage processing R&D/innovation cluster.

The daylong event will include discussions on opportunities and barriers to innovation and gaps and opportunities in research capacity at the company level, as well as grant program opportunities. Innovation Priority Forum dates and locations are as follows:

May 5, Halifax – in partnership with Atlantic Food Processors Association,
May 10, Montreal – in partnership with Le Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Quebec,
May 12, Saskatoon – in partnership with Saskatchewan Food and Ingredient Processors Association,
May 16, Edmonton – in partnership with Alberta Food Processors Association,
May 17, Vancouver – in partnership with British Columbia Food Processors Association,
May 24, Guelph – in partnership with Food and Beverage Ontario,
May 30, Winnipeg – in partnership with Food & Beverage Manitoba,

Participation is welcome and free of charge, but pre-registration is required. Please contact the appropriate regional association listed above to register. More information about the consultations is available at

Canadian Food Innovators is a federal not-for-profit corporation that brings together a critical mass of scientific research expertise in industry, academia, and government to accelerate food and beverage processing research and innovation.


For more information:
Dave Shambrock, CFI Chair, (204) 982-6372