Niagara College restaurant teams up with Research & Innovation to launch product for retail sale

Niagara College

The Smokin’ Buddha is a local Niagara-based restaurant focused on serving global comfort foods, craft beers and wines. Their restaurant, take-out, farmers market and catering offerings are so popular that they have the need to create products to-go for retail sales that offer great quality, packaging, consistency and shelf-life. They do not have the in-house food science expertise to embark on this venture on their own. The CFWI Innovation Centre assisted with a product development project by taking two of their favourite in-house offerings and reformulating them to meet the necessary criteria. The team sourced ingredients, reformulated the recipes and conducted shelf-life testing and developed Nutritional Facts Tables so that The Smokin’ Buddha products will soon be offered in a variety of grocery locations.

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