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Back to school: 5 exciting post-secondary programs to launch your career in the food and beverage industry

Food and beverage companies provide many opportunities to advance your career. It is important to have the relevant skills and knowledge if you want to succeed in this promising field. Below, we highlight some of the best education options for pursuing your passion in the food and beverage industry.

Food and Beverage Management – Restaurant Management program 

George Brown College

In the Restaurant Management program, you can learn the skills needed to succeed in the sector. Chefs and hospitality professionals from all over the world contribute both practical and theoretical knowledge to the program.

Developing business acumen is an essential ingredient to becoming a successful food or restaurant management professional. You will study marketing, sales, human resource management, operation management, and finance as a part of the program. After graduation, you can establish a career path in brewing, winemaking, or resort and hotel management.

To learn more about the program, visit the George Brown College website

Food Safety and Quality Assurance – Food Processing 

Conestoga College

Quality Assurance and Food Safety are among the most recognizable and unique departments within the food and beverage industry. A two-semester, full-time graduate certificate program at Conestoga College will prepare you for a career as a Food Safety and Quality Assurance Officer.

Conestoga’s pilot plant facility makes the learning experience unique. Students have access to a realistic working environment as well as theoretical knowledge from industry professionals. By the end of the course, students will understand international and Canadian safety regulations, HACCP principles and food safety concepts.


Visit Conestoga’s website for more information about the course. 

Culinary Innovation and Food Technology (Co-op) 

Niagara College

The Culinary Innovation and Food Technology program will teach you everything from developing and improving foods and reducing food safety risks to providing nutritional labeling and analysis. You will gain the knowledge and skills needed to work as a food packaging technologist, product developer, or food production manager. If you are passionate about food science paired with culinary skills, then this course is perfect for you!

Additionally, the program offers a Co-Op term that provides experience in scientific research related to product development and food science.

If this course interests you, visit Niagara College’s website for more information.

Food Industry Management 

University of Guelph

Whether you want to pursue a career as a research manager or an ingredient and packaging procurement manager, the Food Industry Management course at the University of Guelph is a great option. The program offers a solid background in food science, economics, and business through theoretical and practical learning.

As a graduate in Food Industry Management, you can contribute to the success of the food business by offering your expertise on food safety, processing, and composition. A Co-Op program is available for students interested in testing their skills in the field and networking with professionals within the industry.

Visit the University of Guelph website for more details about the course.

Food Science Technology 

Centennial College

At Centennial College, the Food Science Technology program teaches you the science and technology behind food products. As part of this program, you will learn to preserve, process, package, and distribute healthy, affordable, and safe food.

By taking this course, you can begin your career as a food and beverage professional and select your area of expertise from product development, quality control, and food safety.

To learn more about the Food Science Technology program, visit Centennial College website
Turn your love of food into a rewarding career in the food and beverage industry. Visit the websites for more information or contact the registrar at each institution to find out about admission requirements. Don’t forget to stay tuned for more exciting Taste Your Future features!

Get ready for your future in food!

Over the next several months, Food and Beverage Ontario will be providing free career mentorship and virtual career fairs through our partners, FoodGrads and Food Processing Skills Canada. Tell us you’re interested by filling in the form.

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