GFM Network News


This photo shows the conceptual site plan for a $400-million pea processing facility that French multinational Roquette will be building in Portage la Prairie, Man. If efforts by Protein Industries Canada come to fruition, there will be a host of such processing plants in Western Canada in the decades to come.

Protein supercluster aims to transform food processing in Western Canada

The region can be a world powerhouse in value-added processing, says head of Protein Industries Canada

Protein Industries Canada has a plan to kickstart the growth of the plant-based protein sector in Western Canada over the next four years, says its CEO. “From a processing perspective, this is a growing industry in Canada — we’ve got 7,000 food processors,” Bill Greuel told attendees at the recent Bridge2Food Plant-Based Food Summit. But […] Read more

If you’ve got a vision for a new food product, “do it and don’t wait,” says John Schalkwyk, who started Sylvan Star Cheese with wife Janneke on their dairy operation near Sylvan Lake more than 20 years ago.

The time is right for small-scale local food processing

Food processing could be the real ‘Alberta Advantage’

Alberta’s new premier has declared the province “open for business” — and investing in food processing might just be the right place to start. “There are a ton of opportunities for us to capitalize on our ‘Alberta Advantage’ to make high-quality food products at a reasonable cost,” said Sanford Gleddie, vice-president of agriculture and business […] Read more


Cargill expands food starch line-up in ‘clean label’ push

New York | Reuters — Global commodities trader Cargill said on Tuesday it will increase its offerings of starch product options, seeking to capture rising demand for simpler ingredients and to meet changing consumer tastes. The Minneapolis-based agribusiness will now sell new “native starches” produced from plants such as corn and wheat, as an alternative […] Read more

Film director Cameron backing Saskatchewan organic pea plant

A major new pulse plant has set up shop southwest of Saskatoon with plans to help back development of pulse-based foods and mentor organic growers — and bringing with it a pair of unusually high-profile investors. Verdient Foods on Monday announced the opening of a pulse food processing plant at Vanscoy, Sask., with plans for […] Read more


New online resource for processors and producers

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has a new online resource called Meeting Customer Requirements that guides producers and processors through the necessary steps to consistently meet market standards, customer, and regulatory requirements. The resource has four modules that each take 15 to 20 minutes to complete. It helps producers and processors evaluate whether their business is able […] Read more

W.A. Grain and Pulse Solutions plant at Bowden will soon have two new neighbours. The first facility will have a lentil- and pea-splitting line and flour mill, along with dry and wet fractionation lines. A second facility will produce pet food ingredients from pulses.

Customers can’t wait for new pulse plant to open

Bowden facility will ‘fractionate’ peas and lentils into protein, fibre, and starch for the human and pet food market

A new pulse-processing plant near Bowden will tap into an underserved and growing market for plant-based proteins once it comes online next year. “It’s really a no-brainer — we already have markets (for the protein) across the U.S. and Canada waiting for us to get into production,” said Chris Chivilo, president of W.A. Grain and […] Read more


Will agriculture and food processing finally take centre stage?

A new report says these two sectors are key to Canada’s future prosperity — 
and that recognition is a welcome development


A recent report from the Advisory Council on Economic Growth highlighted agriculture and food processing as keys to economic growth in Canada. The advisory council called on Ottawa to create a growth strategy for what it calls “agfood,” which it defines as everything from “field to fork.” Its report says that could generate another US$30 […] Read more

We need to count our blessings — and take advantage of them

Our vast land base is a great advantage but often leaves us stuck in the commodity mindset

Summer is a great time for me because of the many international guests I am privileged to host. I was having a lovely lunch with a family from New Zealand when one of them asked, “What are the top two issues facing Canadian agriculture today?” It is not the first time I have been asked […] Read more


Ray Price, Sunterra Meats.

The other side of the temporary foreign worker story

Sunterra Meats has helped dozens of ‘temporary’ employees become 
permanent residents — and they’re revitalizing the town of Trochu

Ottawa’s decision to grandfather the number of temporary foreign workers is being welcomed by food-processing companies. “It’s good news to the extent that we won’t have to send anybody back,” said Ray Price, president of Sunterra Meats, which runs farms, markets, and a small meat-processing plant in Alberta. Federal Employment Minister Mary Ann Mihychuk announced […] Read more

There is opportunity all around us and it’s there all the time

All sectors in agriculture have tremendous strengths and 
every farm operation can capitalize on them in some way

I am a business mentor for a young woman who just landed a multimillion-dollar deal. She and her family took a risk, went without for a few years, and worked hard to get their product going. They had folks who believed in them but more importantly, they believed in themselves. She once said to me […] Read more