The Food Centre main office has MOVED to the new Agri-Food Innovation Centre. With over 43,000 sq. ft. of processing and development space to better serve the food industry in Saskatchewan!! Our 10,000 sq. ft. Pilot Plant located on 52 Innovation Boulevard (U of S Campus) will continue to operate and provide daily rental processing options to our clients.
(rendering of the Agri-Food Innovation Centre, new home for the Food Centre)
Address: 2335 Schuyler Street, Saskatoon, SK S7M 5V1
Expanded Services and Support of Innovation in Agriculture
For the past 15 plus years, the Food Centre has built a solid reputation in providing services and expertise to help food processors and agri-businesses bring food and ingredient innovations to commercialization. As a result, the Food Centre team has assisted more than 275 agri-businesses to develop and process approximately 800 innovative products. Our leadership in food safety, training, innovative product and process development, interim processing and extrusion of new and unique ingredients, technical troubleshooting, among others, have increased the presense of local food products in the marketplace.
The agri-food industry is changing and growing at an exceptional rate. To continue to strengthen and position the industry to capture market opportunities, the Food Centre was in need of expansion. A new Agri-Food Innovation Centre (AFIC) with increased capabilities and capacity was required to make this happen.
AFIC became a reality when the Federal and Provincial governments made a funding annoucement on February 20, 2015 to support the expansion of Saskatchewan's food and ingredient processing sector. More than $13 million in funding for the Food Centre to build and equip a new innovation centre was announced. Of the $13 million, nine million of the funding will be provided under Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative and $4.3 million from Western Economic Diversification and 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 long term strategy will be to use the Agri-Food Innovation Centre to encourage expansion of the food and agricultural processing industry in Saskatchewan by supporting entrepreneurship and innovation. This new facility will support multiple industry players in their start-up strategies and allow small and medium sized agri-food companies the potential to expand their businesses into either larger stand alone or multi-unit processing structures. In addition, AFIC will accomodate other organizations with similar interests and goals focused on commercialization of new technologies for processing of agricultural based products.
The Agri-Food Innovation Centre will play an essential role in the growth of Saskatchewan’s agri-food industry with direct impact to the province’s agriculture, economy and labour force. Be part of the community in supporting entrepreneurship, sustainable agriculture, and innovation in Saskatchewan!
Campaign to Raise Additional Funds
With a strong funding support from both levels of government, the AFIC is now a reality. To continue our momentum of growing the industry additional funds are always welcomed to strengthen and position the industry to capture new market opportunities. New equipment, better technologies and services with direct benefits the agriculture industry will be a result of your investment. As a stakeholder in the agriculture and agri-food industries, the Food Centre is seeking your support to invest in the new Agri-Food Innovation Centre. With a variety of financial contribution options to select from, become a partner in growing Saskatchewan's agriculture industry.
Donation Levels Available or we can customize specifically to your company or organization. Join the group of companies on the right who have made a contribution to advance agri-food sector!
Food Centre pleased to announce Saskatchewan Pulse Growers' $750,000 commitment to AFIC - read article
Food Centre pleased to announce SaskCanola's $550,000 investment in future of food product development - read article