Many companies do not consider filing for SR&ED because they do not believe they qualify. While it is true that altering a recipe by itself does not constitute SR&ED, many companies in the food and beverage industry do have eligible projects. Companies often need to strike a careful balance between flavour and nutrition, or achieve an acceptable quality of product with different ingredients (example: the growing gluten-free food industry is full of challenges which qualify for SR&ED). Food and beverage companies spend time and materials experimenting, which all too often goes unclaimed.

Consider whether you do any of the following:

  • Developing new products, recipes, and/or packaging
  • Improving shelf life and durability of products
  • Making products more nutritious and more appetizing
  • Systematically improving food safety
  • Producing samples for sensory evaluation
  • Improving speed of processes and products while remaining consistent
  • Improving consistency
  • Scaling up production
  • Reducing waste


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Whether your company is improving the efficiency of its large-scale food processing, testing for longer shelf life or working to meet myriad regulations (Health Canada, the FDA, HACCP etc.), SRED Unlimited can help you find activities and expenses that qualify, and we can help you maximize your claim.

And if you operate a brewery, SRED Unlimited has worked extensively with them. Check out our Testimonials below for Lake of Bays Brewing Company and Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery.

Maximize your SR&ED for Food and Beverage tax credit and refund claim

  • We’ve found John & Dmitry of SRED Unlimited to be great partners since day one. They make the data collection process easy and need only occasional input as they prepare our claim submission. SRED Unlimited has secured refunds for us for the past two consecutive years and we’re looking forward to working with them again this year. read more

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    Darren Smith, President – Lake of Bays Brewing Company
  • “When it comes to the Food Services Industry, SRED Unlimited knows how to sort the strongest claimable activities from a year’s worth of projects. The SRED Unlimited team shows expertise in the areas of food science and mechanical engineering, and I can always count on them to deliver good results.” read more

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    Frank Capogrego, President, Cucina Foods Inc.
  • I was totally pleased and impressed with SRED Unlimited . By the end of the SRED claim preparation process, the SRED Unlimited consultants had developed a detailed working knowledge of the art and science of modern craft-brewing. SRED Unlimited conducted the entire process of claim preparation with high expediency and professionalism. The results of their work were also extremely rewarding in terms of the received refunds . We will be using their services again.“ read more

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    Peter Chiodo, Founder – Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery (former Robert Simpson Brewery)
  • “Rose Reisman Catering has been working with SRED Unlimited for the past three years. They have helped us organize our research and technology in testing our food products. Due to their contribution, we have the ability to continually be ahead of the market. The meetings are productive and well directed. I would highly recommend them.“

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    Rose Reisman, CEO, Rose Reisman Catering