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New Funding Program Targets Product Development for Dairy Ingredients in Foods

Guelph, Ontario--– The Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC) has launched a new product development funding program to help companies incorporate dairy ingredients into non-dairy foods: the Milk Ingredients Technical Support Program. Under this program, the Guelph Food Technology Centre (GFTC) has been designated an officially Recognized Food Technology Centre.

“The goal of the program is to provide financial support and assistance to Canadian further processors who lack the facilities, technical expertise, or other resources needed to conduct controlled product trials and analysis,” explains Kathryn Cooper, GFTC’s Vice President of Market Development & Client Services. “The funding is available for those who intend to incorporate a dairy ingredient in a finished product formulation where no dairy ingredients had previously been used, to replace a substitute ingredient in a formulation with a dairy ingredient, or to increase significantly the dairy content in an existing product formulation. GFTC is delighted to be a one of the recognized R&D centres where this work may be carried out by the applicant.”

In the case of successful submissions, the applicants may receive reimbursement of up to 75 per cent of their eligible costs, to a maximum of $20,000 per project. Eligible costs can include pilot-scale trials, sensory testing, packaging redesign, re-labelling costs, and product analysis.

Anyone interested in finding out more about these topics may contact Kathryn Cooper at (519) 821-1246, or visit GFTC’s website at To contact the CDC for the program guide and application materials, please contact Shana Bailey, Marketing Officer, CDC by phone at (613) 792-2035 or by e-mail at, or by visiting the website and click on “Technical Support” on the main page.

GFTC is Canada’s only not-for-profit, non-subsidized food technology centre. GFTC provides creative, confidential technical solutions, training, consulting and auditing to the Canadian agri-food industry in the areas of R&D, product development, packaging, shelf-life, food safety, quality, and productivity improvement. Each year, GFTC assists over 500 companies and organizations, and provides training to more than 3600 people.

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