The Food Centre held a news conference on Friday, February 20th at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market to announce over $13 million government funding towards a new agri-food innovation centre. This new centre will support the expansion of Saskatchewan's food ingredient and processing sector. It will house new analytical labs, mini pilot plant for product and process development, new commercial kitchen, multi-tenant incubation suites, and commercial incubator for pulse and cereal processing.
The new centre will be to expand and drive innovation in the agri-food industry; support entrepreneurship; support commercialization of new technology, research and development; and provide market access and proof of concept through incubation and pilot processing.
Funding for the new centre was received from Agriculture and Agr-food Canada and Saskatchewan Agriculture through Growing Forward 2 and from Western Economic Diversification.