The federal government will provide more than $2.6 million for the Food Processing Development Centre in Leduc, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages Mélanie Joly, says in a news release on Aug. 12.
“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,” Joly says in the release.
The money will go towards the installation of equipment specifically focused on supporting companies to develop new plant-based foods and products, the release says.
The Food Processing Development Centre is ran by the Government of Alberta. It is staffed by experienced food scientists, engineers and technologists, the release notes.
The federal support will enable the centre to assist 100 small- and medium-sized companies, and potentially bring up to 30 new products to market, over the next four years.