Industrial Program

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Industrial Program at the Food Research and Development Centre helps agri-food companies with small-scale food processing and testing needs and fosters innovation in the area of food research. Check out this video to see how the Industrial Program can become your secret ingredient for success.

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Video Transcript

[The video opens with the Agriculture and Agri-Food logo on a white background.]

Text on screen: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada

[The logo fades away into the white background. Graphics appear moving from the left to the right. This is the title of the video.]

[Science fiction style electronic music fades up.]

Text on screen: Industrial Program

[The graphics split in two horizontally and fly off the screen. It reveals an aerial view of the Food Research and Development Centre during the winter. Graphics appear on screen over the building.]

Text on screen: Food Research and Development Centre

Narrator: The Food Research and Development Centre…

[The camera is slowly zooming in on the Food Research and Development Centre. As it zooms in the text is replaced with new text.]

Text on screen: F.R.D.C.

…is the biggest food processing centre in Canada.

[The shot changes to show a woman pushing industrial food preparation equipment through one of the areas of the FRDC. She is wearing a white lab coat and a hair net.]

[The shot changes to show a close-up of transparent tubes. A clear liquid is moving through the tubes and carrying green and yellow particles.]

[The shot changes to show the same transparent tubes carrying liquid and colourful particles, but from a different angle.]

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Through its Industrial Program…

[The shot changes to show a close-up of an industrial machine used to form raw dough. Perfectly formed balls of dough fly out of the machine and into the hand of a person who is off camera.]

[The shot changes to show a close-up of a person tightening a clamp on an industrial pressure cooker.]

…the Centre allows small, medium, and large-size enterprises…

[The shot changes to show a series of close-up shots of the industrial equipment found at the FRDC.]

…to come and use our pilot project infrastructure to develop innovative, new products and processes to more effectively meet the needs of consumers.

[The shot changes back to an external aerial shot of the FRDC building. The camera slowly moves away from the building so that we get a wider shot of it and its surroundings.]

[The shot changes back to an interior shot. The camera zooms in on a dry cured salmon product developed at the FRDC.]

[The shot changes to show Steven Thibault, President of Talthi Alimentaire, standing in one of the areas inside the FRDC. He is wearing a white lab coat, hair net and is looking slightly off-camera.]

Text on screen: Steve Thibault, President – Talthi Alimentaire

Steve Thibault: Our firm produces Salmo Searano, a type of dry-cured salmon that resembles serrano or prosciutto ham.

[The shot changes to a close-up of the dry cured salmon being sliced by an industrial slicer. We then see someone pick up a quantity of the product and place it on a waiting table.]

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We arranged for the FRDC to manufacture our product…

[The shot changes to a series of shots of people weighing and packaging the product inside the FRDC facilities. The packages are then put into an industrial vacuum sealer.]

…because it required a permit. To obtain a permit, we had to have a regulatory compliant food processing facility that could qualify for a permit.

[The shot changes back to show Steve Thibault in an area of the FRDC. He is still looking slightly off-camera.]

The FRDC made it possible to obtain a permit, and provided the assistance and equipment we needed to manufacture the product.

[The shot changes back to the transparent tubes from the beginning of the video. They are still transporting liquid with colourful particles. This time we see people around the tubes. A man is drawing some of the liquid out of a tube and into a cylindrical container.]

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Narrator: The Industrial Program provides access to cutting edge expertise and equipment.

[The shot changes to one of the working areas of the FRDC. It is a time lapse shot so we see many people moving around the room, coming in and leaving, and moving equipment around.]

The FRDC’s incubator service is also available to help with the startup of small businesses.

[The shot changes to a close-up of the Happy Yak products, developed at the FRDC. The camera zooms out to show more of the products arranged on a display table.]

[The shot changes to show Christine Chénard, President of Happy Yak, standing in one of the areas of the FRDC. She is looking slightly off camera.]

Christine Chénard: Happy Yak makes practical gourmet food for active people.

Text on screen: Christine Chénard, President – Happy Yak

They are basically complete meals that are dehydrated or freeze-dried.

[The shot changes to show a series of shots of people working with the industrial equipment to peel and process fresh potatoes. A machine peels them and dumps them in a colander. A woman picks the colander up and pours the potatoes into a large machine. The machine dices the potatoes up and shoots them out into a larger container. The diced potatoes are then put into vacuum bags.]

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In the beginning, the technicians explained how to operate the equipment and we could do mini research projects with them. This was very helpful to us at the start, but now we are doing things on our own.

[The shot changes back to show Christine Chénard in the same work area of the FRDC as before. She is still looking slightly off-camera.]

We don’t have as great a need for their services, but if we run into a problem, we can always go to them for help.

[The shot changes to show some of the dry cured salmon from earlier being vacuum sealed in bags. A man puts labels on the bags then packs them in larger boxes for shipping. He tapes up the larger boxes and applies the company labels.]

Steve Thibault: It was a bit difficult at first because we had to adapt a small-scale production operation to a medium-scale and then a large-scale operation.

[The shot changes back to show Steve Thibault standing in the same work area at the FRDC as before. He is still looking slightly off-camera.]

But with everyone helping us, we were able to stabilize our product in a production operation large enough to market the product.

[The shot changes to show an external aerial shot of the FRDC building.]

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Narrator: The Centre provides clients…

[The shot changes to the interior of the FRDC building. We find ourselves in a very modern industrial space. People are moving around and working with the equipment.]

…with access to leading edge technologies…

[The shot changes to show an artificial stomach machine. We see several different shots of the artificial stomach to show several of its components.]

…such as the artificial stomach. This technology, developed at the FRDC, is unique in Canada. It reproduces the digestive process and thus makes it possible to assess how food behaves inside the human body.

[The shot changes back to the modern industrial space. We can see a woman working inside a glass room. We now understand that the artificial stomach is housed in that room and that the woman is working with that machine.]

[The shot changes back to show Christine Chénard in the same work area of the FRDC as before. She is still looking slightly off-camera.]

Christine Chénard: For me, the Industrial Program helped us start our business. If we didn’t have the Industrial Program, our business wouldn’t have launched.

[The shot changes back to show Steve Thibault standing in the same work area at the FRDC as before. He is still looking slightly off-camera.]

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Steve Thibault: Doing business with the FRDC allowed us to get our product into the market at a lower cost. It also helped us assess its market potential before we spent more money.

[The shot changes to show glass bottles filled with a dairy product being pushed through the facility on a cart.]

[The shot changes back to a vacuum sealing machine. We see the packages of the Happy Yak product from earlier being vacuum sealed.]

[The shot changes to show a time lapse shot of balls of dough rising in an oven. We then see the dough, in bread pans, baking in an oven.]

Narrator: The Industrial Program of Agriculture and AgriFood Canada…

[The shot changes to show a series of shots of people working inside the FRDC.]

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…promotes the expansion and competitiveness of small and medium-size enterprises at home and in international markets.

[The shot changes to show an external aerial view of the FRDC building. The camera is slowing moving away from the building. As the camera moves away, white bars move onto the screen from the top and from the bottom. They frame the FRDC building. Text appears on screen.]

The FRDC: Your secret ingredient for success. Contact us for more information.

Text on screen: Contact Us. industrial-program@agr.gc.ca, 1.450.768.7896

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Text on screen: © Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (2015).

Text on screen: Canada

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