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September 28, 2012
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Canada's Smartest Kitchen Incorporates Innovative Equipment to Create New Business Opportunities

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The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue; the Honourable Valerie Docherty, PEI Minister of Community Services and Seniors, and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women; and Dr. Brian McMillan, President, Holland College, today announced investments that will support the acquisition of innovative equipment that will contribute to skills training and product development associated with Canada’s multi-billion dollar food processing industry.

“Our Government recognizes that our economic prosperity depends on innovation, competitive businesses and skilled, talented people,” said Minister Shea, on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie). “That is why we are pleased to support Holland College in a project that will result in the creation of new business opportunities, new products, and enhanced services for small and medium-sized food processing businesses who work with the Institute as they build their futures and create jobs in Atlantic Canada.”

The Government of Canada, through ACOA, is supporting Holland College with a commitment of $232,000 to help the College purchase various pieces of innovative equipment to support the evolving needs of consumers, respond to changing food product development trends, and to effectively meet the needs of business clients.

Holland College has extensive experience in the culinary arts and, in 2009, the college established Canada’s Smartest Kitchen (CSK). The facility serves as the food product research and development arm of the Culinary Institute of Canada and offers services such as product development, analysis and evaluation and product promotion.

A Memorandum of Understanding signed by Canada’s Smartest Kitchen and BIO|FOOD|TECH will enable producers and developers to advance new food products and will ensure the most effective and efficient use of limited resources in PEI.

“We are pleased to formalize the collaborative working relationship which we have developed over many years with the Culinary Institute of Canada,” said Minister Docherty. “Through this MOU, BIO|FOOD|TECH will have even more opportunities to provide specialized scientific services to companies and entrepreneurs who are working to get new Island products created, validated and launched.”

“In today's dynamic world of food product development, new technologies are being introduced at a rapid rate,” said Dr. McMillan. “The purchase of new technologies and equipment allow CSK to continue to support the evolving needs for new food product concepts that provide a competitive edge for our clients. The support of agencies like ACOA enables CSK to remain at the leading edge of innovation.”

Media Contact: Rebecca Bruce
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