Welcome to the Craig Richardson Institute of Food Processing Technology

Unlike any facility in Canada, the Institute of Food Processing Technology (IFPT) meets the needs of the food and beverage manufacturing industry by providing education, training, research and technical expertise.

We develop multi-skilled graduates with leadership and plant-floor expertise, and partner with the food and beverage manufacturing industry to achieve technological solutions.

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Our Facilities

Pilot Plant

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Bakery Line

In collaboration with professional food plant design engineers, the Pilot Plant was designed to meet the food processing industry's need for increased competitiveness. The Pilot Plant is the result of a $5M investment providing students the opportunity to operate industry equipment on three complete production lines: bakery, fresh vegetables and beverage.

We understand the importance teamwork has on an operation's productivity and know that it is important for our students to have the same level of understanding. At the same time, we know that all plant floor personnel, regardless of their specific task, play a very important role in a plant's operation. Our goal is to provide the industry with graduates that have a strong understanding of these different roles.

We achieve this goal through delivering comprehensive, well-rounded programs to our students. The Pilot Plant provides the opportunity to learn about key manufacturing factors while training to operate the equipment of our bakery, fresh vegetables and beverage production lines. As part of our program, we address key topics such as line efficiency, productivity, QA/QC, preventative maintenance, lean manufacturing, and waste management. Our graduates come out of school ready to take on challenging jobs and to act as catalysts for productivity in the food processing industry!

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Food Testing Laboratory

Food Lab
Food Testing Laboratory

Experiential learning is the most important component of the education process we conduct at Conestoga's IFPT, and the Food Testing Laboratory was designed and built with this specific scope in mind.

The types of activities we conduct in the Food Testing Laboratory at the IFPT mirror the general tasks that any food processing company with internal quality control processes would conduct. Students learn about physical properties of ingredients and raw materials, such as pH, viscosity, texture and more.

Chemical properties of ingredients, raw materials and finished food products can also be evaluated in the IFPT Food Testing Laboratory, including sugar and salt concentration analysis, moisture determination and various titration techniques.


Programs & Courses

Food Processing Programs
Program Title Delivery Campus
Food Processing Operations Part-time
Food Processing Supervisor
Food Safety and Quality Assurance - Food Processing Full-time Cambridge
Operations Leadership in Food Manufacturing Full-time Cambridge
Packaging Engineering Technician (Optional Co-op) Full-time Cambridge
Process Operator - Food Manufacturing (Apprenticeship) Full-time
Sustainable Local Food Part-time

Food processing courses are also offered through Continuing Education.

Innovation Project

As part of an ever increasing need by industry to remain competitive in the global market, the Institute of Food Processing Technology (IFPT) at Conestoga conducted a project in 2012 themed Advancing Innovation in the Food Processing Industry, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Main project objectives included:

  1. Understanding the innovation mechanisms currently in place in the industry
  2. Developing a gap analysis that would identify what is needed (e.g. technical resources, funding) to encourage industry (in Ontario) to adopt an increased level of innovation
  3. Deliver a workshop to industry, government and academia, that will explain how a system of open innovation works and how a model food cluster (Food Valley) encourages such a system

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There are many scholarships, bursaries, and entrance awards available to students studying at the IFPT at Conestoga. Visit the awards directory to learn more.


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Cambridge Campus
850 Fountain Street South,
Cambridge Ontario N3H 0A8
Phone: 519-748-5220
Email: ifpt@conestogac.on.ca

Luis Garcia
519-748-5220 ext. 2475