The QA department's ongoing investment in new technology, staff training and commitment to continuous improvement ensure that our analytical and sensory services are the most advanced available.

Chemical Analysis

The QA department carries out a wide variety of analytical testing on wines, beers and spirits. Our state-of-the-art systems include:

  • Gas Chromatography (GC-MS, GC-IR-MS);
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP-MS); and
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC-PDA, HPLC-FD).

Analytical services offered include testing for:

  • Contaminants (e.g. pesticide residues, metals, potassium ferrocyanide, ethyl carbamate, ochratoxin A)
  • Cork Taint Related Compounds (e.g. 2,4,6 - Trichloroanisole (TCA))
  • Properties (e.g. sugars, volatile acidity, ethanol, total acidity)
  • Preservatives (e.g. free and total SO2, sorbic acid)
  • Additives (e.g. synthetic dyes)

Requesting Laboratory Analytical Services

Use the LCBO Request for Laboratory Analysis (LCB 2269) to request analytical services on a contract laboratory basis. Typical reasons for requesting these services are:

  • Analysis needed for Ontario manufacturer's licence
  • Annual analysis of products sold in manufacturer's stores
  • Proof of acceptability needed for wine pub or beer pub licensing
  • Manufacturer investigations

The form includes instructions for payment and delivery of samples. Additional information and current pricing is available through Please identify the services required when asking for pricing.

Sensory Evaluation

QA offers internal and external clients quality, reliable sensory evaluation services using highly trained professional taste panels and sophisticated computerized software with integrated network systems. Evaluations are performed on a wide range of beverage alcohol products and may be customized to meet individual client needs. Our evaluations include:

  • Qualitative Sensory Evaluations
  • Quantitative Sensory Evaluations
  • Accept/Reject Evaluations
  • Double Blind Sensory Evaluations
  • Triangle Tests
  • Sensory Aroma Training Kits
  • Wine Defect Aroma Kits

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Packaging & Labeling Review

The QA department reviews cartons and consumer units to ensure they are compliant with Canadian regulations and LCBO standards. Our services include:

Shipping Container Examinations: Cartons and trays are evaluated for structural design and integrity, as well as, printed case markings to ensure compliance with LCBO and Canadian Association of Liquor Jurisdictions (CALJ) standards.

Bar Code Examinations: U.P.C. and SCC bar codes are evaluated to ensure compliance with the American National Standards Institutes (ANSI) standards for print code quality.

Burst Strength and Edge Crush Testing: Packaging materials are subjected to a Mullen and Edge Crush test to ensure complaint with LCBO packaging standards.
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Consumer Unit Label Reviews: Labels are reviewed to ensure compliance with federal label regulations and LCBO requirements.

Consumer Unit Label reviews: Labels are reviewed to ensure compliance with federal label regulations and LCBO requirements.

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