The federal and Saskatchewan governments have announced funding of $5 million for the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre in Saskatoon.
The funding, delivered through the Sustainable Canadian Agriculture Partnership (SCAP), will support the Food Centre’s work to enable the continued growth of value-added revenue and agri-food exports in the province over the next five years.
Established in 1997, the Food Centre is a non-profit organization offering pathfinding, product developments and commercialization services to agri-food processors. It has supported the development and processing of over 1,000 new products, consulted with more than 500 companies, and assisted in product commercialization related to almost all new agri-food start-ups in the province.
Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) says Saskatchewan has always been a leader in agriculture production, and this funding furthers that.
“With the Food Centre’s hard work over the years, and continued work to come, there will be even more opportunities to commercialize regional products in the heart of the Prairies and we’re proud to support their efforts,” says MacAulay.