Alberta’s plant-based food sector receives federal support
“The wellbeing of all Canadians—physically, socially, and economically—begins with a safe food supply. Western Canada’s farmers and agri-food businesses are essential to this, and we’re here for them. This investment will help ensure Alberta’s agri-food companies can access critical resources needed to develop new products and capitalize on new market opportunities for plant-based foods. Initiatives such as this are vital to enabling our agri-food companies to scale up, support good jobs, and ultimately ensure the security of the safe, nutritious food supply we all rely on.”
- The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada
“This investment will help ensure Alberta’s agri-food companies can access critical resources needed to develop new products and capitalize on new market opportunities for plant-based foods.” Hon. Mélanie Joly
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“This funding will help Alberta’s agri-food producers innovate, expand, and create value-added products for market. With this investment, Western Economic Diversification Canada is helping to create a reliable and secure food supply chain in Western Canada that is providing employment for residents across the region.”
- Terry Duguid, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (Western Economic Diversification Canada) and to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change (Canada Water Agency)
“This funding will help Alberta’s agri-food producers innovate, expand, and create value-added products for market.” PS Terry Duguid
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“Agriculture is a critical piece in Alberta’s Recovery Plan which aims to attract more than $1.4 billion in value-added processing. This investment will enhance the Food Processing Development Centre, which is staffed with experienced food scientists, engineers and technologists who work with entrepreneurs to develop and fine-tune their products, ultimately strengthening and expanding the capability of Alberta's food processors to meet the challenges of the marketplace. Alberta fully recognizes the value of the Centre and has invested more than $100 million since 1984. We welcome this funding from the federal government which will support Alberta’s plan to attract investment by focusing on sustainable growth and diversity in our crop and food production sectors, while creating stable jobs for Albertans at a time when they need it most.”
- Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
“Agriculture is a critical piece in Alberta’s Recovery Plan which aims to attract more than $1.4 billion in value-added processing.” Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
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Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is investing $2,682,249 towards the Food Processing Development Centre in Leduc, Alberta.
The funding provided by WD will be used to purchase, install and operate fractionation equipment to complement and complete processes currently available to the private sector at the Food Processing Development Centre.
The additional equipment and technical expertise will provide plant protein product innovation and value add to commodity and semi-processed agricultural and food products. The Centre will help western Canadian small- and medium-sized firms to enter the plant protein market by providing access to the needed equipment and technical support services to develop their products, prior to investing the large amount of capital required for a full-scale processing facility.
In addition to WD funding, the Government of Alberta is also investing more than $919,000 towards this project, with industry partners providing more than $700,000.
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