Programs Accelerate Local Food and Beverage Businesses
Nova Scotia companies sometimes need support to bring innovative, high quality and safe food products to market, and maintain the markets they already have through regulatory compliance and certification support.
In 2021-22, Perennia worked with the province to develop the Food and Beverage Business Accelerator Program focused on supporting new and current food and beverage businesses with technical advice, training and resources, testing to ensure safe foods, new facility plans and funding to support the development of new products and food safety programs.
The first year of this two-year program ran from October 2021 to February 2022.
- 14 product development and food safety projects were completed
- 180 companies with high-risk food products were supported with analytical testing, product assessments, recall support and education, and food safety guidance for new and current food grade facilities
- 24 newsletters and fact sheets were developed
- 7 webinars with 284 registrants and 230 views on YouTube
- 3 CanadaGAP Food Safety Training Workshops
Since 2019, Perennia’s Seafood Accelerator Program has been supporting growth in Nova Scotia’s seafood industry by assisting with food safety compliance, accessing and maintaining global markets, supporting development of new value-added products and refining and improving existing seafood products. In total, 23 companies were supported with product development and/or food safety related projects, including supporting 11 companies to achieve or maintain Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification. Several projects supported developing products and addressing technical obstacles through packaging solutions, conducting shelf-life studies, conducting market viability studies, developing and delivering seafood science training, and working on product prototypes
The program is available to all Nova Scotia-based seafood companies and reaches a broad range of the industry including marine plants, aquaculture and commercial fish and shellfish species. This program is funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and ends March 31, 2023 or when all funds have been awarded.
“The Perennia team was able to help us develop from a company that was barely meeting CFIA standards, to a company that was able to achieve major GFSI certification. This was done through training, analysis and process improvement recommendations. This achievement has opened up a wide range of clients we are now eligible to do business with.”
–Atlantic Sea Cucumber
For several years, Perennia has had funding under the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program. In 2021-22, funding was provided for seven projects covering blueberries, maple, cannabis (value-added), seafood and food service.