Agri-food innovation in Niagara

Agri-food innovation in Niagara

With one of the most diverse agriculture and agri-business regions in Canada, it should be no surprise that Niagara, Canada has a strong infrastructure for food and beverage innovation, with some of the country’s leading research and development institutions.

And these institutions are available to support the R&D efforts for businesses in a variety of ways, from consumer research, product development, testing, commercialization and support for technology transfer and adoption. Find out how to partner with these institutions for your latest R&D challenge.

Vineland Research & Innovation Centre

Vineland Research is the country’s leading research centre on horticultural science and innovation. With researchers in Applied Genomics, Consumer Insights, Horticultural Production Systems and Robotics & Automation, the Vineland Research team works together to deliver innovative products and production solutions that address the needs of the horticulture industry and advance Canada’s research and commercialization agenda. Vineland’s Business Development Office aligns business and science interests by assisting with commercialization, technology scouting and technology transfer activities.

Niagara College Research & Innovation

The Research & Innovation Office at Niagara College is focused on applied research and solutions for industry. They also organize the Niagara Food & Beverage Summit, which focuses on industry trends for food innovators and product developers.

  • The Canadian Food and Wine Innovation Centre team offers a full suite of services to support industry innovation and commercialization of new products and processes. From new recipe development to shelf-life testing and nutritional labelling, the CFWI Innovation Centre pairs industry partners with faculty, recent graduates and students with the right expertise and equipment to meet your needs.
  • The Agriculture & Environmental Technologies Innovation Centre works with private and public sector partners to develop innovative solutions to address today’s challenges in precision agriculture, GIS, computer programming, sustainable food production, plant growth, horticultural practices, greenhouse operations, aquaponics, environmental management and renewable energies.

Brock University Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute

The Brock Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) is an industry-driven research institute, and engages in leading research programs in cool climate viticulture, oenology, wine business, wine tourism and wine culture. They provide continuing education, professional development opportunities and outreach services for the grape and wine community and the community at large, in order to facilitate the advancement of the industry.


Want to know more about agri-business in Niagara? Find out why Niagara is great for business, and more about our agri-business sector.

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