May 2, 2017

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Canadian Gov’t Funds Food Processing Innovations Research
The Canadian government is funding research on food processing innovations. Image courtesy of Flickr user waferboard

Canada’s government is providing the Canadian Food Innovators (CFI) with CN$120,000 in funding to assist the organization in meeting with food and beverage processors to identify research and innovation priorities.

The Government of Canada’s Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada said in a press release Monday that the funds will help the CFI engage with the country’s food processing community through research centers, universities, and food technology centers.

“This investment will help Canadian food and beverage manufacturers better compete, innovate and capitalize on new opportunities. Our government’s commitment to the added-value of the agri-food sector was clearly demonstrated in our recent federal budget – the sector will help grow the economy, creat good, new well-paying jobs and grow the middle class,” said Laurence MacAulay, Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, in a statement.

Canada’s investment brings the total amount of funding provided by the government to the CFI to CN$2.6 million.

“We welcome this opportunity to consult with food and beverage processing businesses across the country to receive their input into research priorities that will help shape the next national food processing research cluster,” said David Shambrock, chair of the CFI, in the release. “Canada’s food and beverage processing sector buys and processes over 50% of farmers’ production across Canada into consumer-ready products that are sold across Canada and into numerous export markets. CFI is here to support innovation within companies and the competitiveness of the entire industry.”

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