Over $1.9M Announced for Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre

Today, in Winnipeg, Manitoba,Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages announced an investment of $1,950,000 to the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

The funding, made possible through Agriculture and AGri-Food Canada’s AgriMarketing Program under Growing Forward 2, is expected to aid the company in its market development and expansion efforts.  CMBTC will provide technical training to stakeholders, ensure new varieties of malting barley meet international customers’ needs and provide direct sales support.

Canada’s brewing industry drives
$14 billion in value-added activities,
contributing over 160,000 jobs to the
Canadian economy and supplying roughly
20% of the global malting barley market.
“The high quality of Canadian malting barley is recognized worldwide, enabling Canada to be a major competitor in the world’s malting barley and malt markets,” said Glover.”Today’s investment will boost Canada’s competitiveness in this specialized market, resulting in direct benefits to our economy, both right here in Winnipeg and across the country.”

The CMBTC is an independent, non-profit organization established to provide technical assistance to malting barley and brewing industries.

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