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How to Keep Food Processing Costs Low In the Agri-Food Business

Posted by OAFVC on Mar 1, 2019 9:00:00 AM

There are five factors that affect your food processing costs during a growing season, including:

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Debunking More Food Processing Myths

Posted by OAFVC on Feb 20, 2019 9:00:00 AM

We have already talked about the myths involved in packaging materials but there still remains some clouded and inaccurate views about food processing industry. If you’re looking to start your own food business you will want to know the facts and truths, and not get caught up in silly food processing myths that could affect your business strategies.

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What’s Inside the OAFVC: Food Product Development, and More

Posted by OAFVC on Feb 18, 2019 9:00:00 AM

You may not have used a commercial kitchen facility like the Ontario Agri-Food Centre (OAFVC) before. To give you an idea of what the food production cycle looks like at a commercial kitchen, here are the 9 on-site products OAFVC offers local agricultural and food entrepreneurs, such as yourself:

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What's Inside the OAFVC: The Food Processing Room

Posted by OAFVC on Feb 11, 2019 9:00:00 AM

A food processing room has everything your agri-food business needs to safely and efficiently get your products flying off the shelf this year.  Using a commercial kitchen’s food processing room is a great way to support local businesses while expanding your own.  

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Is Your Business Ready for a Food Processing Rental Space?

Posted by OAFVC on Jan 4, 2019 9:00:00 AM

If you have a small food production business or even a simple passion for food, consider the benefits of a food processing rental space like the one at OAFVC.

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Understand the Stages of Food Processing

Posted by OAFVC on Nov 30, 2018 9:00:00 AM

If you're looking to launch and grow your food business it's important to educate yourself on the different stages of food processing and the tools available. A food processing and commercial kitchen facility is one of those tools; here's what food processing means at OAFVC.

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What Is the Food Tempering Process and Why Do You Need It?

Posted by OAFVC on Nov 9, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Food tempering isn’t just used for chocolate. In fact, the word "temper" has Latin, French and old English roots, and refers to controlling or moderating temperature. Tempering is therefore relevant to many aspects of cooking. But even in the context of food production, the food tempering process can refer to different things. Here are three types of food tempering processes you should know about.

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Do You Know the Best Food Storage Options for Your Business?

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

Business is booming at your established food business, and you’re producing in higher volumes to meet demand — but the storage that was working well before, just isn’t cutting it anymore. Your co-packer has some storage facilities, but scaling up your business with your co-packer is going to be expensive, and you’re wondering what other storage options are on the table.

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Food Safety Tips from OAFVC

Posted by OAFVC on Nov 2, 2018 9:00:00 AM

At OAFVC, we’re strong advocates for food safety practices, including hand washing, wearing gloves, and hair nets. Our fruit and vegetable processing room — great for cold pressing, dehydrating, slicing, dicing, and more — requires additional food safety practices. So here’s a run down of some other best practices all food processors should know.

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How to Expand Food Processing With 3 Easy Baby Food Recipes

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

Looking to expand your food processing business? Consider adding a baby food line. Baby food is an easy-to-make product that is in high demand especially if it's organic, healthy, and nutritious. For 2018, the forecast market value of the baby food industry in Canada is 147.5 million dollars.

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What Is Processed Food? The Answer May Surprise You

Posted by OAFVC on Sep 28, 2018 9:00:00 AM

With all the health-food movements available today, competing for your grocery dollars, sometimes it can be challenging to distinguish fact from fiction. Processed foods can end up with a bad reputation, because we often associate processed foods with high fat, sugar and salt, not to mention additives, preservatives, and artificial colours and flavours. But not all processed foods are as unhealthy as you might think. Many healthy processed foods are made right here in the OAFVC commercial kitchen.

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Fruits and Vegetable Processing to Your Own Farmer’s Market Stall

Posted by OAFVC on Aug 17, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Got friends who love your pickles, preserves and everything you’ve ever made? When it comes to taking your food passion and starting a new food processing business, sometimes the hardest part is knowing where to look for help in getting started.

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