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January 10, 2006
For immediate release

Product Development Seminar to be Held in Charlottetown


The Prince Edward Island (PEI) Food Technology Centre (FTC) in partnership with the Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC) is pleased to host a product development seminar on January 31, 2006 at the Best Western Charlottetown. All PEI Food processors are invited to participate in the Dairy Ingredients and Their Use in Processed Foods seminar.

Industry people who have an interest in food product development using dairy ingredients, including those involved in production/operations, quality control, research and development, health and nutrition, and marketing are encouraged to attend this one-day seminar.

“We are pleased to partner with the Canadian Dairy Commission on initiatives which offer important sector training,” said Minister of Development and Technology Mike Currie. “Seminars such as this provide Island businesses with the necessary resources and tools to remain competitive in today’s global marketplace. Through this seminar, participants have an opportunity to learn how to develop new product lines, reformulate existing lines and to diversify into new markets.”

The FTC has signed a funding agreement with the CDC which allows processors who use milk ingredients access to two new funding programs. This dairy seminar will give processors an excellent opportunity to learn how to develop new products with milk ingredients and how to access CDC funding for consultation and development work at the Centre.

“The CDC is taking a strong proactive stance in promoting the benefits of dairy ingredients,” said Mark Lalonde of CDC, “and we are pleased to support product development work with milk ingredients at the Food Technology Centre.”

Several expert speakers including Mark Lalonde, CDC; Selwyn Joseph, Highliner Foods; Kevin Flanagan, McCain Foods; Helen Bishop MacDonald, Nutrisphere; and Jim Smith from the FTC will be presenting on Tuesday, January 31, 2006.

For more information contact: Dr. Edward Charter, Food Science Manager, PEI Food Technology Centre at 902-368-5912. For information about registering for the seminar, please contact Janet Docherty at the FTC at (902) 368-5226 or by e-mail at

Media Contact: Julie Whitlock