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4 Sure-Fire Craft Beer Trends That Will Perform

Posted by OAFVC on Oct 31, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Did you know that a food processing commercial kitchen can help you grow your craft beer business? OAFVC’s commercial kitchen has a product development lab where you can try out new ideas.

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3 Cooking Tips to Save Time in A Commercial Kitchen

Posted by OAFVC on Oct 26, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Saving time is important in all areas of your business because saving time often saves money; in this context, a commercial kitchen is one of the most valuable places to increase efficiency. The more product you can process each time you book OAFVC’s commercial kitchen, the more you can potentially sell. Plus, you can book rentals according to your schedule. Try implementing some time-saving cooking tips used by professional chefs, commercial caterers, and household cooks.

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Food Safety Tips to Use in a Commercial Kitchen

Posted by OAFVC on Oct 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Food safety is important, especially when your business and the health and safety of your customers are on the line. Don’t take any chances or shortcuts. Use a food processing commercial kitchen. Build a reputation for going above and beyond requirements when it comes to food safety standards, and you will protect your customers, yourself and your business.

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How Culinary Classes Promote Your Brand

Posted by OAFVC on Sep 26, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Consumers love to get behind-the-scenes access to their favourite products. Today’s informed consumers want to know how things are made and to have the inside scoop on trade secrets. Why not teach a culinary class to give your fans a look at what it’s like to create the food they love so much?

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What's the Added Value of Working With a Commercial Kitchen?

Posted by OAFVC on Sep 24, 2018 9:00:00 AM

The value of working with a commercial kitchen is undeniable: there are so many benefits. But one of the best advantages of working with Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre is Sharpe’s Food Market. Sharpe’s is an award winning (Canadian Independent Grocer of the Year, silver, 2016) grocery store in downtown Campbellford, in Northumberland County. Sharpe’s has worked with OAFVC for a number of years to offer a retail location to sell products made in our commercial kitchen.

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What to Know About Commercial Kitchen Equipment: Hops Pelletizer

Posted by OAFVC on Sep 7, 2018 9:00:00 AM

With an explosion in the number of craft breweries in Ontario, hops have had a resurgence in popularity. But since hops can only be harvested five to six weeks of the year, hops producers must find effective storage to ensure fresh brews all year round. Turning hops into pellets — known as pellet hops — for storage takes up less room, and gives hops a longer shelf life (around 2 years) compared to storing dried whole-leaf hops (around 6 months).

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How to Get the Most Benefit from Blast Chillers and Flash Freezers

Posted by OAFVC on Sep 5, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Although you will sometimes hear the terms blast chillers and flash freezers used interchangeably, they actually have two distinct functions. Often, in commercial kitchens, both are used in food processing to increase productivity and reduce waste. Whether you want to preserve berries, tarts, or pre-made meals, your business can benefit from using a blast chiller or flash freezer.

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How to Save Money if You Think You Need New or Used Commercial Kitchen Equipment

Posted by OAFVC on Aug 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Purchasing commercial kitchen equipment is a huge decision. First, you must rent or own space to use and house the equipment in. Then, you must consider whether to buy new or used ones. There’s also the maintenance of that equipment, utilities for your space, plus wages for any staff you may already have or need to hire.

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What Commercial Kitchen Supplies Will You Need to Bring With You?

Posted by OAFVC on Aug 24, 2018 9:00:00 AM

You’ve made the big decision and decided to rent a commercial kitchen. But now that you’re taking your agri-food business to a commercial kitchen, do you know what supplies to bring with you on the rental day? Or what supplies you will need?

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A Commercial Kitchen for Rent Can Make Your Life Easier

Posted by OAFVC on Aug 22, 2018 9:00:00 AM

There are many benefits to renting a commercial kitchen: a commercial kitchen saves you money because you don’t have to buy your own equipment; by efficiently processing many products at the same time, you can avoid making multiple trips to a smaller kitchen; and you can expand your food production business based on your ideas and vision. But if you think renting a commercial kitchen is complicated, then you’ll be surprised by how easy it actually is.

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Northumberland County’s Commercial Kitchen Gives You the Help You Need

Posted by OAFVC on Aug 8, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Northumberland County is an agricultural-based community in south-eastern Ontario. Due to the increasing demand for and popularity of local food, Northumberland County started the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre to provide area farmers with a place to process the products they produced but could not sell directly. Conveniently located on the 401 between Toronto and Kingston, OAFVC is easily accessible.

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What’s in a Food Processing Commercial Kitchen?

Posted by OAFVC on Aug 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM

A commercial kitchen is used for efficient processing of larger batches of foods. Typically, commercial kitchens include equipment for canning, fermenting, and dehydrating foods. The equipment tends to be larger and must meet all federal and provincial health standards. In the commercial facilities at the Ontario Agri-Food Centre (OAFVC), several rooms are available for booking. We recommend starting with a half-day trial run to see how our space works for your business.

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