The Saskatchewan and Federal Governments together announced more than $13 million in funding for the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre to build and equip a new facility.
The total cost of the project is expected to be just under $16 million.
Nine million of the funding will be provided under Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative and $4.3 million will come from Western Economic Diversification Canada. The remaining funds, approximately $2.5 million, will come from industry investment into the Food Centre and from the Food Centre’s capital replacement fund.
The 30,000 square foot facility is to house new food development and analysis laboratories, an innovation suite for piloting and prototyping new technologies, and accredited multi-use development suites for use by small and medium sized enterprises to support the commercialization of new products for export markets.
The Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre, also know as the Food Centre, is the primary provider of food product development, technology transfer, commercialization, and food safety training for Saskatchewan’s food industry.
The Food Centre has developed over 600 products with an estimated 50 percent already introduced into the market since it was created in 1997.