Food Centre launches fundraising campaign with $750,000 commitment from Saskatchewan Pulse Growers
It was a start of a new vision for the expansion of Saskatchewan's food and ingredient processing sector when the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan invested more than $13 million for the Food Centre in early 2015, to build and equip a new innovative facility. The Food Centre is proud to continue to take on this leadership role to grow Saskatchewan's value-added sector.
The wheels are in motion and full speed ahead. The Food Centre's new Agri-Food Innovation Centre is located in Saskatoon and will be approximately 35,000 square feet, 3x our current size. The Agri-Food Innovation Centre will play an essential role in the growth of Saskatchewan's agri-food industry with direct impact to Saskatchewan's agriculture, economy and labour force.
The total cost of the project is expected to be about $16 million. Nine million of the funding is 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, nees to come from industry investment into the Food Centre and from the Food Centre's capital replacement fund.
Thank you Saskatchewan Pulse Growers for your $750,000 commitment to spearhead our campaign.
The Food Centre needs YOU to be part of the community in supporting sustainable agriculture, entrepreneurship and innovation in Saskatchewan. Support the new Agri-Food Innovation Centre.
Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) has committed $750,000 to expanding the Food Centre's capacity to support pulse food product development.
“We are pleased to make a investment to the Food Centre that we believe will support pulses becoming a mainstream food ingredient. SPG’s funding will provide more capacity and resources for the Food Centre to work directly with food and ingredient companies to develop and launch new products.”
-- Carl Potts, Executive Director with SPG
“SPG’s financial contribution will support activity on multiple front. The funding will support new and innovative work in the application of pulses into a variety of food products, and will help to build a greatly needed new operational facility, the Agri-Food Innovation Centre, that is more than three times the size of our current facility.”
-- Dan Prefontaine, President of the Food Centre
More details in Saskatchewan Pulse Growers News Release
For more information on the Food Centre's new Agri-Food Innovation Centre and how you can be part of our mission to grow Saskatchewan's value-added industry, please contact: