BC Beverage Technology Access Centre
British Columbia’s wine, beer, cider, and spirits industries have a new source of support, courtesy of an initiative by Okanagan College and funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
Canada’s Minister of Science and Sport, the Hon. Kirsty Duncan, announced funding for 12 technology access centres on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. Okanagan College’s proposed BC Beverage Technology Access Centre (BCBTAC) is among them. With $1.75 million in funding over five years, it will be headquartered at the College’s Penticton campus and will be providing testing and business services and applied research assistance to the wine, beer, cider and spirits industries in the region and throughout the province.
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Located at Okanagan College in Penticton, with initial outreach through OC’s campuses and partner organizations throughout the Okanagan and Shuswap, the Centre will work with wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries to meet their needs and enhance their economic viability. The Centre will develop limited-scale facilities that can render proof-of-concept production of wine, beer, cider, spirits and other beverages as well as labs (microbiology, chemistry, food quality and shelf-life, and sensory analysis and consumer testing) that can undertake required research and analysis. The TAC will also provide services to assist clients in understanding their current and potential markets and consumer preferences, and provide operational and brand support.
The vast majority of the wineries, breweries and distilleries can be classed as SMEs, but their economic impact is substantial: a 2017 report prepared for the Canadian Vintners Association, the B.C. Wine Institute and others revealed the economic impact of the wine industry in B.C. was estimated to be $2.77 billion.
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