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August 23, 2011
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Food Technology Centre to be rebranded as BIO|FOOD|TECH

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The Prince Edward Island Food Technology Centre has undergone a rebranding and is expanding its services to the food and bioprocessing industries, says Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning, Allan Campbell.

“Under the new name, BIO|FOOD|TECH will provide professional technical services to the food and bioprocessing industries through food technology, bioscience technology and lab services,” said Minister Campbell. “This is an exciting time for the province because this revamped infrastructure will provide local, regional and national clients with the technical support and industry expertise needed to take their products to the next level.”

The Prince Edward Island Food Technology Centre was established in 1987 to provide support to the Island's food processing industry. Since then, it has strategically developed its infrastructure and has attained recognition as a quality technology provider. BIO|FOOD|TECH will be Atlantic Canada's most comprehensive provider of food science and technology, offering practical applied science to support food and bioprocessing companies in moving from the concept stage to the pilot stage and finally to the market stage.

“Since the Food Technology Centre began operating in 1987, people have informally referred to it as FOOD TECH,” says Dr. Jim Smith, Executive Director of BIO|FOOD|TECH. “We continue to offer all the food technology services that we have in the past and have recently added bioscience technology services. For this reason we have added BIO to the name.”

The building has been completely renovated and includes an enlarged food safety lab, an updated food product development lab and a state-of-the-art sensory analysis lab. The food safety lab provides accredited microbiological analysis services to the province's food processors including all the companies who export product to Europe and the USA. The food product development lab provides the applied scientific and technical skills to develop desirable new products and ensure their safety and shelf life. The sensory lab ensures the acceptability and shelf life of new products.

A new division has been created called Bioscience Technology. Bioscience Technology occupies two pilot plants and two labs at BIO|FOOD|TECH and provides technical support to bioprocessing industry clients including fermentation, extraction technology and downstream processing.

Along with the new name, there is a new logo and a new website that goes live today.

For more information on BIO|FOOD|TECH visit the new website at www.biofoodtech.ca.

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Media Contact: Ron Ryder