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To access or use the various rooms in the OAFVC, please contact us by registering for the website and booking the required area through the...Read more

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To access or use the various rooms in the OAFVC, please contact us by registering for the website and booking the required area through the facility schedule.

Please note - in order to do your own processing you must have an up-to-date Food Safety - Food Handler Course certificate. Please present your certificate to the OAFVC before entering the processing area. Labour fees may apply for any processing done by OAFVC employees.

Business Services

  • Food Handler Certification Training (dual certificate between HKPR & OAFVC)
  • Product Development Consulting
  • Packaging Development Consulting
  • Business Development Consulting

Food Processing

  • Cold Pressing
  • Dehydrating
  • Flash Freezing using liquid nitrogen
  • Slicing, Peeling, Shredding, Dicing
  • Centrifuge Drying
  • Washing and Sanitizing

Commercial Kitchen

  • Conventional Cooking over gas open flame
  • Cooking in industrial Tilting Kettles
  • Cooking in dual Convection Ovens
  • Sauté or Steam Vegetables in a tilting skillet

Packaging

  • Vacuum packaging
  • Modified Atmospheric Packaging (MAP)
  • Tamper evident seals
  • Heat sealed pouches
  • Semi-automatic filling of containers from 50 ml - 4.5 L
  • Product pasteurization and cooling

Conference Room

Clients and community members to wish to use the facility for meeting, training or another event have access to a projector, sound system, wifi, and seating for approximately 30 people.

Product Development Lab

  • Quality Control Lab
  • Food Technologists available

Specialty Product Processing

  • Pelletizing food products (hops, bran, etc.)
  • Processing corn and sorghum

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