Food Centre receives federal funding for two initiatives

-- posted July 26, 2019 --

The Food Centre received $3.5 million through the Regional Innovation Ecosystems program to expand its facilities and install equipment to develop and manufacture new products from plant-based ingredients.  The project directly supports Saskatchewan’s value-added food processing industry.  It is expected to assist 30 small- to medium-sized businesses in its first 18 months of operations.


The Food Centre received $1M to provide business support to women entrepreneurs in the food processing sector.  The Food Centre has launched its AWESOME program under this funding to grow and advance women-owned businesses in the food processing sector through specific business development services.  Stay tuned on our website for more information on this programming.


Food Centre President, Dan Prefontaine, inducted to the 2019 Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame

-- posted January 23, 2019 --

Congratulations to Dan Prefontaine on being inducted to the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame.  This award recognizes agricultural leaders who are making significant contributions to the welfare and improvement of Saskatchewan agriculture.  Dan has been a strong advocate for the value added sector.  He strongly believes in the potential of our agriculture industry in Saskatchewan and has shown this by supporting entrepreneurship and commercialization of food product ideas in his 35 plus years in the food industry.

Dan has been leading the Food Centre since 2000.  The Food Centre provides vital services, expertise and facility for Saskatchewan’s agriculture industry to add more value to what they grow.   Under Dan's leadership, the Food Centre has assisted over 300 companies in the development and processing of new food products, with over 800 new products utilizing Saskatchewan based agricultural inputs.  The Food Centre has expanded from a 10,000 square ft processing facility that primarily focused on meat processing to a 43,000 sq ft facility called the Agri-Food Innovation Centre, which can accommodate a wide variety of agricultural products: food, fibre, cereal and pulse processing, fruit and vegetable processing, etc.   

Dan spearheaded the development and construction of the new facility to increase and enhance the Food Centre’s capabilities to support agribusinesses, entrepreneurship, and commercialization of Saskatchewan food products.  He worked tirelessly to secure financial assistance from funding agencies and private companies in the construction of the new facility.  This new milestone will help drive innovation in the agri-food sector and encourage expansion of the food and agricultural processing industry in Saskatchewan. 

Under Dan's leadership, the Centre’s reputation has grown exponentially not just locally but internationally.The Food Centre has fast become the place to visit for international agribusinesses, government leaders, and trade missions.  The Centre hosts over 50 tours and visits annually by international organizations, companies and institutions; and they see the direct involvement of the Food Centre in the agriculture industry and our respected role in value added opportunities.  In turn, many large multinational corporations have solicited the services of the Food Centre to develop food products using Saskatchewan grown ingredients that they may not have considered.  

Dan's contributions to Saskatchewan's agriculture industry is extensive and significant.  The Food Centre is very proud.  Congratulations Dan!

Food Centre to develop value added food products for James and Suzy Amis Cameron's Verdient Foods company

-- posted September 19, 2017 --

The Food Centre is pleased to announce that we will be working with Verdient Foods in Vanscoy, SK in the development of value added food products utilizing pea starch and protein. 

Verdient Foods recently opened their processing facitilty,an investment made by film director James Cameron and Suzy Amis Cameron.  The famous film director and Honourable Premier Brad Wall were on hand on September 18th in Vanscoy to officially open the processing facility. 

 Verdient photo3w 

See link for news release:

Health Canada announces food labelling changes

-- posted December 16, 2016 --

Health Canada announced December 14, 2016 changes to Canada's food labelling.  The changes approved aims to make the information easier to understand for consumers in order to make healthy food choices.    The food industry has a transition period of 5 years to make these changes.  Among these changes include:

  • nutrition facts table look will change
  • new health claim allowed on fruits and vegetables
  • potassium added to nutrition information
  • list of ingredients and allergen information
  • serving size
  • foods in single serving containers
  • and more...

Learn more about these upcoming changes at: 

Government of Canada News Release

The Food Centre has helped many food processors navigate food labelling regulations.  Give us a call at 306-933-7555 if you have any questions. 

Food Centre pleased to announce SaskCanola's $550,000 investment in future of food product development

-- posted February 24, 2016 --

The Food Centre's mission to grow Saskatchewan's value added industry has just been given a boost! We are pleased to announce SaskCanola's $550,000 commitment towards the new Agri-Food Innovation Centre. Their financial contribution will support new activities in development, processing technologies and help build a greatly needed operational facility that will be 3 times the size of the Food Centre's current facility.

“Canola oil has a unique blend of fats that offers nutritional benefits for everyday consumers, as well as people at risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. We are confident that our investment in the Food Centre will continue to support and elevate canola oil utilization in food product development.”
-- Janice Tranberg, Executive Director with SaskCanola

"SaskCanola’s contribution will expand the Food Centre’s capabilities to utilize canola in a variety of innovative food products and ingredient applications for local and export markets. Their support will strengthen our resources and support commercialization of new agricultural products for both food and non-food usage."
-- Dan Prefontaine, President of the Food Centre

SaskCanola's Full News Release

The Food Centre currently provides full service assistance to food processors to develop and commercialize value-added products for domestic and/or international markets.

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
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More info on the new Agri-Food Innovation Centre