Beverage Business Support

The Okanagan College campus in Penticton, B.C. will be home to a new $1.75-million B.C. Beverage Access Technology Centre, the only one of its kind in Canada. It will provide services to small-to-medium-sized businesses in the wine, beer, cider and spirits industry, providing services including consumer testing and sensory analysis; labs for microbiology, chemistry and food quality; sensory analysis and consumer testing; and research plus operational and brand support. Already in operation, it has received federal funding for a five-year period. The surrounding region is home to an estimated 19 cideries, 219 wineries, 24 breweries and 16 distilleries.