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.

SPG logo news releaseSaskatchewan 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:
Carmen Ly
Communications Director
tel: 306-933-7556
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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 www.cifst.ca.  

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


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