Saskatchewan Pulse Growers Invest in Value Added Processing Capacity Through Food Centre Funding

September 30, 2015

Saskatchewan Pulse Growers has committed $750,000 to expanding the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre’s capacity to support pulse food product development.

“We are pleased to make a investment to the Food Centre that we believe will support pulses becoming a mainstream food ingredient,” says Carl Potts, Executive Director with SPG.  “SPG’s funding will provide more capacity and resources for the Food Centre to work directly with food and ingredient companies to develop and launch new products.”

By providing funding to the Food Centre, SPG has ensured that the Centre is able to expand their operational capacity at a rate that is consistent with industry demand.

"SPG’s financial contribution will support activity on multiple fronts,” explains Dan Prefontaine, President of the Food Centre. “The funding will support new and innovative work in the application of pulses into a variety of food products, and will help to build a greatly needed new operational facility, the Agri-Food Innovation Centre, that is more than three times the size of our current facility."

SPG’s contribution is an important component to be able to effectively support entrepreneurs and companies launching new pulse-based products into the market.  Tim Wiens, Chair of the SPG Board of Directors says that growing market opportunities for pulses is a key focus area in SPG’s strategic plan, and he believes that the food industries focus on pulse ingredients will be highlighted even more as the International Year of Pulses (2016) approaches. 

“Pulses and pulse ingredients continue to attract more and more attention as consumers are recognizing the health and sustainability advantages they offer,” says Wiens. “With the spotlight on pulses brighter than ever in the year 2016, we are anticipating exciting growth in the area of ingredient utilization.”

Accountable to and funded by growers, SPG’s strategic direction is guided by a seven member, grower-elected, Board of Directors. SPG’s mission is to provide leadership for profitable growth for the Saskatchewan pulse industry.

For more information, please contact:                             

Rachel Kehrig  
Director of Communications & Market Promotion  
Saskatchewan Pulse Growers
Cell: (306) 230-6488 


Andrea Lauder    
Communications Manager 
Saskatchewan Pulse Growers  
Cell: (306) 250-6858     


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