Join the Canadian Institute of Food Science & Technology (CIFST) Saskatchewan Section and grow the food industry

CIFST is the national association for food industry professionals comprised of more than 1,000 scientists and technologists in industry, government and academia who are committed to advancing food science and technology. Membership with CIFST has numerous benefits beyond networking.  To find out more, check out  

Saskatchewan Section is being re-stablished under CIFST, with a strong focus on local networking events, seminars, and other activities targeting Saskatchewan members' needs and interests.  Michael Nickerson, CIFST President-Elect and the Saskatchewan Section Task Force is reaching out to the Saskatchewan food industry to gauge interest in the re-establishment of the Saskatchewan Section.

For more information on the CIFST Saskatchewan Section, click CIFST SK letter and membership info (PDF)

Food Centre Receives Halal Certification

The Halal food market has grown quickly over the past decade, and is now worth an estimated $632 billion annually on a global scale. Halal products have become mainstream in the marketplace with several multinational companies such as McDonalds and Nestlé recognizing this, and have expanded their halal approved product lines.

Halal consumption is not limited only to the Muslim population; other consumers are seeking halal foods due to its excellent reputation for healthy and safe food products, and the humane treatment of animals.

Halal food is prepared following a set of Islamic dietary laws and regulations that determine what is permissible, lawful and clean.

The Food Centre is certified by the Halal Advisory Group. If your business goals are to target the Halal market, the Food Centre can help with your processing needs. For more information, please contact Brev Chesky, Operations Manager – Food Processing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Related Industry Article:
Understanding the Canadian halal grocery shopper - Food in Canada article, posted April 9, 2015

Food labels could be changing to include ALL sugars in nutrition facts tables to help consumers distinguish between sugars that occur naturally and sugars that are added to food. More Info

Effective August 4, 2014, any food product sold in the U.S. and bearing any gluten-free claims must meet FDA requirements. Previously, the requirement for use of a gluten-free label was that the ingredients were gluten free. Now food companies need to ensure that these ingredients are not cross-contaminated in the field or during transport or processing. Read More

Saskatchewan Lean Improvements in Manufacturing (SLIM) program - call for applications

SLIM provides support to agri-businesses that process bio-product, food and feed from Saskatchewan crops and livestock. Projects must stimulate improvements in productivity and efficiency through the adoption of best practices, new technologies and state-of-the-art processes.

Applications for pre-approval of Lean Gap Analysis will be accepted until May 15, 2015. Applications for pre-approval of Infrastructure Projects will be accepted until May 15, 2015.

More information is available at Contact Sandra Stanger with the SK Ministry of Agriculture at (306)787-6425 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain an application form.