Four northern Alberta food processors are growing their businesses with the help of new government investment. The federal and provincial governments are providing up to $1.3 million in grants through Growing Forward 2 to help northern Alberta food processors meet a growing demand for Alberta’s high-quality agricultural products.
Bunge Canada received approximately $280,000 through Growing Forward 2 to help upgrade its oilseed processing facility in Fort Saskatchewan.
ADM Agri-Industries, which produces renewable products for food, animal feed and chemical and energy uses, received $546,000 towards the costs of new processing equipment.
Champion Petfoods received $288,990 for equipment and systems to increase productivity and reduce energy consumption.
In 2016, food and beverage processing generated $14.6 billion in sales in Alberta and was the largest manufacturing employer in the province, accounting for more than 22,400 jobs.
Another northern Alberta agri-food processor benefiting from a Growing Forward 2 grant is GFR Ingredients which purchased equipment for the production of high-protein hemp powder products.
The Growing Forward 2 initiative is a federal-provincial-territorial partnership that provides programs and services to drive an innovative, competitive and profitable Canadian agriculture and agri-foods sector. By the end of the Growing Forward 2 initiative in March 2018, it is expected that more than $406 million will have been invested in strategic programs for Alberta’s agricultural sector.
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