Community Living


Well-Preserved New Line of Salsa Offerings

Project Type

New Recipe Development


Community Living operates a social enterprise whereby their clients, persons with developmental disabilities, are provided employment in their commercial kitchen. They wanted to expand their ‘Well Preserved’ line of hand-crafted condiments and jellies with a new product line incorporating ingredients from local partners. Although they had their own kitchen, they lacked the necessary food science skills and regulatory expertise.


The research team created and tested several recipes, keeping in mind the need for straightforward recipe instructions. In the end, four new recipes were chosen: an Asian-inspired barbecue sauce, a pepper peach salsa, a Mexican salsa and a pear brandy plum barbecue sauce. The research team then created Nutrition Facts Tables (NFTs) that met Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regulations and provided on-site training for each of the new products. Community Living has been producing and selling the pepper peach salsa since the Summer of 2015 with great commercial success.