Last week, the federal government announced that they’d be sending nearly $2.7 million to Alberta for the Food Processing Development Centre.
The fully-equipped pilot plant and product development facility in Leduc is run by the provincial government and employs food scientists, engineers, and technologists.
The investment—augmented by $919 thousand from the Alberta government and a $700 thousand industry contribution—will help the centre purchase, install, and operate fractionation equipment.
This new equipment allows the centre to support companies in developing new plant-based foods and products. Agri-food producers will be able to turn their pulse crops—such as peas, lentils, and chickpeas—into higher value ingredients and finished products in preparation for export.
The federal funding—which technically is $2,682,249—will come through Western Economic Diversification Canada.