Saint-Hyacinthe Research and Development Centre
The Saint-Hyacinthe Research and Development Centre (Saint-Hyacinthe RDC) located in Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec was established in 1987. It is one of is one of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) network of 20 research and development centres.
Areas of Research
The Saint-Hyacinthe RDC is the only AAFC research and development centre to focus exclusively on food processing research. Half of the centre is made up of pilot plants that manufacture processed foods in quasi-industrial conditions, enabling researchers and Canadian businesses to collaborate and research ways to improve manufacturing in the main industry sectors (meat products; dairy products; grains, oilseeds and pulses; processed fruits and vegetables).
Its spectrum of activities covers dairy and grain products, meats, fruits and vegetables. The Saint-Hyacinthe RDC uses pilot plants to scale up processes and sensory analysis facilities to determine the impact of innovations on food taste and texture.
The Saint-Hyacinthe RDC supports innovative research, development, technology and knowledge transfer activities related to the following AAFC Science Sector Strategies: