The Alberta government is investing $2.85 million in an expansion of Siwin Foods’ food processing facility in Edmonton, Alta., a Dec. 1 news release said. The funds are coming from Alberta’s Investment and Growth Fund.
“I am so pleased that an Alberta-based success like Siwin Foods has chosen to continue expanding here, creating jobs and delivering high-quality products to the tables of customers around the world,” Brian Jean, Alberta minister of jobs, economy and northern development, said in the release.
Siwin Foods plans to build a 70,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility in Edmonton. The release said the new 70,000 square foot facility is designed to be an energy-efficient and waste-reducing processing facility. Siwin Foods has a growing customer base ranging from Costco to Sobeys to Walmart.
“Moving into a new facility will allow Siwin Foods to expand its production footprint and provide better access to the global market for its ready-to-eat and quick-cooking meal solutions,” the release noted.
It’s expected the $53.85-million build will create 50 permanent positions and 50 temporary jobs during construction, the release said.
“At Siwin Foods, we’re proud that we’ve been able to grow our business in Alberta, where we have an abundance of quality ingredients, access to export markets and a skilled workforce. With construction of a new processing plant, we look forward to continuing to build on our success and serving our growing customer base, both near and far,” Gord DeJong, vice-president of Siwin Foods, said in the release.