Harper Government Helps Manitoba Company Pound Out New Jobs and Market Opportunities
2012 APR 26 - (VerticalNews.com) -- a company that started out with an idea, identified a need in the marketplace and is filling it in a way that benefits producers and customers alike."
The repayable contribution, provided by the Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP), will help the company expand its puree manufacturing facility to commercial-scale production, using a novel production process that is new to the Canadian market. The system is economical to operate and leaves a small environmental footprint.
The company will manufacture vegetable purees using a new processing technology that uses rapid steam-infusion cooking to retain the colour, texture, flavour and nutritional quality of the products in the puree. Quality purees are ideal for producing soup and baby food, as they provide superior quality and extended shelf life.
"This initiative is very important for the vegetable and fruit growers in Manitoba. AAFC's investment will enable value-added agri-business to create jobs and improved sales for local growers," says Kelly Beaulieu, P. Ag., Vice President. "The vegetables and fruit produced in Manitoba are of premium quality and the puree format we developed is a superior method for providing global export opportunity."
Local farmers will also benefit from this innovative project. Producers will be able to use more of their harvested crops since they often have produce that is both fresh and healthy but not a suitable size and shape for direct sale.
This is the first project funded under AIP - a $50 million initiative announced as part of the next phase of Canada's Economic Action Plan. AIP is part of the Government's commitment to help Canadian producers benefit from cutting edge science and technology. AIP boosts the development and commercialization of innovative new products, technologies and processes for the agricultural sector.
This article was prepared by VerticalNews Agriculture editors from staff and other reports. Copyright 2012, VerticalNews Agriculture via VerticalNews.com.