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Richardson Int’l to Open $30M Food Innovation Facility

April 5, 2018

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Richardson Int’l to Open $30M Food Innovation Facility
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Canadian agribusiness Richardson International plans to boost product development and its research in agriculture and food through an investment a new $30 million innovation center in Winnipeg, MB, the company announced Wednesday in a release.

Occupying 62,000 sq ft, Richardson’s facility will include product development areas, an analytical lab, and a test and demonstration kitchen and be staffed by a food development team. The firm’s activities in food safety and quality assurance will be supported by a microbiology lab and a quality analysis space at the Winnepeg site. Additional areas will be unoccupied for later expansions involving robotics and automated food processing and packaging systems.

“The process of product development requires a modern platform for testing solutions, troubleshooting issues and exploring new ideas as they relate to market needs and evolving customer taste profiles,” Curt Vossen, the firm’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “In order to test derivatives of existing products or create entirely new product streams, our team’s technical capabilities must be backed by the right technical facilities. We anticipate the Innovation Center will provide them with the technical capacity and resources necessary to meet and exceed customer expectations.”

Richardson said construction of the facility will begin this April and that completion of the project will be reached in early 2020.

The firm is Canada’s largest oilseed processor and maintains a large oat milling presence in North America.

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