The Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Center Inc. (Food Centre) receives $1.35 million from Prairies Economic Development Canada to support the commercialization of downstream processing for fermented and bioengineered products to advance the food ingredient innovation in Western Canada. This investment will also help to develop the Advanced Ingredient Program at the Food Center to build capacity and focus on the development of new generation ingredients and processes utilizing plant-based ingredients along with their co-products.
The new equipment and programming at the Food Center will build capacity in the Prairies to accelerate the transition of commodity products such as fractionated proteins, starches or canola meal to higher value modified food and industrial ingredients.
“Our government is proud to be a key supporter of successful agri-food initiatives like the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Center and the work done to help build the Saskatoon Food and Ingredient Processing Cluster,” said Daniel Vandal, Minister for PrairiesCan. “Finding new ways to add value to agricultural products is a priority for PrairiesCan.”
“The Food Center will be a one-stop-shop to focus specifically on fermentation and bioengineering for the creation of new generation high value products from western Canadian co-products. The financial support from PrairiesCan will allow companies to move forward to pre-commercialization capacity from 30-50 L up to 15,000 L,” said Dr. Mehmet Tulbek, president of the Food Centre.