LFS Community Connects: March 2023

Message from the Dean for LFS Community Connects: March 2023

Dean Rickey Yada

Welcome to the first issue of spring. I’m looking forward to seeing the cherry blossoms and early flowers bloom soon.

Earlier this month, interim UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Deborah Buszard and I welcomed industry partners, alumni and government guests to campus for the groundbreaking ceremony of our Food and Beverage Innovation Centre (FBIC). I invite you to see some highlights below!

A long time in the planning, the FBIC will open in 2024 to support entrepreneurs in developing breakthrough food products, sustainable packaging, and other innovations that support human health, such as the creation of new delivery methods for medicine and nutrients.

Not only will the FBIC support food companies and members of the BC Food Hub Network in being more competitive, it will help strengthen local food supply chains, and provide an expanded training ground for our graduate students.

I was proud to see our graduate students and researchers showcase their current outstanding work in food science and technology, including new iron-fortified gummies, Wagyu-style plant-based beef products and biodegradable packaging made from upcycled food waste, among many other developments.

To stay in touch with FBIC updates, sign up here.

Rickey Yada
Dean and Professor

Photos taken at UBC campus

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