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Canada must be seen as leaders in agriculture and food as well as food ingredient technology.

Agriculture must continue to be a technology leader

We need to foster innovative research in order to meet the challenges that we will face in the coming years

As I stood in the desert with my colleagues, I realized that competing both economically and in volume to their level of production would be impossible. The sand delivered 48 dry tonnes of forage in many harvests per year. More importantly, the long-term objective of turning the desert into food production was becoming a reality. […] Read more

Food policy should focus on the establishment of strong communities centred around identifiable, traceable food production and processing for local, domestic and export markets. – Brenda Schoepp.

As we rethink globalization, we need to think about communities

In many parts of the world, the current system is broken and doesn’t serve consumers or farmers

The world was once a scattering of small communities that through hunting and gathering, and later farming, were often self-sufficient. As systems of trade were built, dependent largely on the sea, goods and services had value and started to leave or be exported from these community hubs. In many cases, this brought an infusion of […] Read more


The American food industry, and in particular the meat industry, has a long history of resisting government regulation and intervention.

Spare a thought for those who process our food

The business, economics, and practices of the food-processing sector shouldn’t be hidden out of sight

I have been on slaughter and food-processing floors all over the world — vegetables, beef, pork, poultry, lamb, bison, elk, fruit, bake floors and many things in between. Usually women work in these food plants, silent and relentlessly focused while working on raised catwalks as their male supervisors stand behind them. This is not only […] Read more

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