For Immediate Release February 23, 2015
Saskatchewan Food Centre to Receive Investment
The Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan announced a $4.35 million investment to assist the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre Inc. (Food Centre) in building an agri-food innovation centre. The funding will come through the Western Diversification Program (WDP) and that funding will be supplemented with additional funding through the Growing Forward 2 initiative.
This new innovation centre will be home to new food development and analysis laboratories, a place for prototyping new technologies and development suites to be used by small and medium sized enterprises to commercialize new products for export markets. The Food Centre is the main provider of food development, technology transfer, commercialization and food safety training for the food industry in Saskatchewan.
“It is always good news when there are new investments in the agriculture sector. The innovation centre will help to improve the Food Centre’s already impressive history of developing over 600 products” said SARM Acting President Ray Orb. Saskatchewan exports over $1 billion in cereal grains, oilseeds, pulses and edible oils. Once the innovation centre is completed and fully operational these export numbers should continue to grow.
“On behalf of SARM I want to thank the Federal and Provincial Governments for their continued support in the agriculture and food sectors. These investments ensure the continued sustainability of this important resource” said Acting President Orb.
“SARM, the Voice of Rural Saskatchewan”
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