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Holland College issued cannabis research license

Holland College has been issued a cannabis research license which will allow Canada’s Smartest Kitchen, the research arm of The Culinary Institute of Canada, to support the development of safe and reliable edible products for the cannabis industry.

An NSERC Technology Access Centre, Canada’s Smartest Kitchen, also known as CSK, has been helping regional partners develop food and beverage products for more than a decade. Dr. Tim McRoberts, director of Canada’s Smartest Kitchen, said the license allows the team to expand its research into this rapidly growing area.

This as an opportunity for CSK to work closely with licensed producers by contributing culinary formulation expertise. Leveraging an excellent partnership with the applied research department at Holland College, CSK is well positioned to integrate culinary expertise into the cannabis edibles sector. Our team can help licensed producers develop safe, high quality CBD and THC products. ~ Tim McRoberts, Director, Canada's Smartest Kitchen

The research and development partnerships are mutually beneficial. Canada’s Smartest Kitchen frequently hires culinary students to work on product development projects, giving them a unique experience and enabling them to acquire highly specialized skills; and, by partnering with Holland College, companies reduce the financial risk that can accompany research and development by giving them access to the college’s funding sources.

The cannabis research license was granted by Health Canada and comes with strict guidelines regarding the purchase, formulation, storage, and mandatory destruction of products. No sale, transfer, or sensory analysis testing of products containing cannabis is permitted under the licensing guidelines.

Canada’s Smartest Kitchen has worked with several, regional licensed producers and is eager to continue to offer support. For more information about Canada’s Smartest Kitchen, visit smartestkitchen.ca, or call 902-566-9674 or email CSK@hollandcollege.com.

In this picture: Christopher Song, a product developer in Canada’s Smartest Kitchen stands beside a PandaPLUS 2000 laboratory homogenizer. The PandaPLUS is just one of the many pieces of state-of-the-art equipment at the product development team’s disposal.

For more information about this release, please contact:
Sara Underwood, Media and Communications Officer
Tel: 902-566-9695
Date: Thursday, December 02, 2021