Canning, Freezing, Drying Harvesting, Cold Storage

The Produce Preservation Program offers fun, hands on workshops and resources to teach people how to safely preserve home grown and locally available fruits and vegetables for year round enjoyment.

Take It To Market

Bountiful gardens - pantries and freezers full of preserved food. What’s next? Small businesses based on locally grown fruits and vegetables!

While potentially very rewarding, there are many steps involved in starting a food processing business. Where do you start? Who do you talk to? Wading through the business start up and regulatory requirements of starting a food business can be overwhelming.

The Produce Preservation Program recognizes the opportunity for food based businesses in remote and urban areas and provides resources for people interested in starting small food based businesses.

Processing locally grown fruits and vegetables for sale and distribution throughout the community and beyond offers economic development opportunities for British Columbians. Many remote areas feature unique foods or traditional preservation methods that present niche food product opportunities. Increased consumer interest in local foods, cuisine and culture provides a growing market opportunity for locally produced and/or processed food and natural health products.

One of the first contacts to make when thinking about starting a food processing business is your local environmental health officer.  The BC Food Processors Association is another great resource for those considering a food processing business. Introductory information that will help you decide if you want to start a food processing business and how to go about it is provided in the 10 Steps to Starting Your Food Processing Business

10 Steps to Starting Your Food Processing Business

  1. Product Idea
  2. Market Research and Business Planning
  3. Organizing your Business
  4. Business Insurance and Regulations
  5. Food Safety
  6. Manufacturing Strategies
  7. Product Development
  8. Packaging and Labelling
  9. Marketing, Pricing and Promotion
  10. Distribution