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You've got a great food product.  You see the demand for local food.  You want to grow your food business. 

Manitoba Agriculture can help you Build your Future in Food.

Manitoba Agriculture’s Value Added Branch helps accelerate the growth of the food and agri-product sector through two units, Business Development and the Food Development Centre (FDC). Both units work together to provide business development and product commercialization expertise and experience in a single window approach.

Business Development Unit 

The Business Development Unit is dedicated to supporting sustainable growth of Manitoba's small, scalable food and agri-product companies. Our knowledgeable and experienced Business Development Specialists provide access to business and marketing consultations, strategic pathfinding, cutting-edge industry training and funding opportunities.

Our business development specialists can help you:

  • identify market intelligence and research
  • prepare your product for market
  • navigate regulatory requirements
  • evaluate processing facility options
  • determine product price
  • develop marketing strategies
  • prepare for export
  • connect with business service providers

Manitoba Agriculture has launched a new Business Pathways website to make it easier to find the connections, tools and resources to help your business succeed.  The Business Pathways website provides a path that assists clients to progress logically through their development and provides linkages to programs and services to help you every step of the way.

For more information, please email us at Manitoba Agri Food.    


Food Development Centre

In its 45+ year history, the Centre has established itself as an internationally recognized leader in food research and development for domestic and international markets, and works behind the scenes for clients of all sizes to ensure that they can successfully innovate and grow. FDC provides technical and research assistance on a fee-for-service basis in areas including: 
  • product and process development
  • ingredient application
  • protein extraction and product application
  • protein functionality testing
  • regulatory assistance and process validation
  • shelf-life
  • equipment rentals

For more information, please email Food Development Centre