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Food innovation funding

The federal government has committed close to $4.6 million towards national food and beverage processing research.

The investment will support the Canadian Food Innovators’ research cluster.

CFI Chair Joe Lake says the focus is to advance innovation in the national food value chain by bringing together industry, technology specialists, academia and government.

Ten research projects across Canada are being funded through the cluster and will focus on addressing issues affecting dairy, pork, poultry, cereals, pulse and vegetable processing.

That includes processing innovation to increase value-added applications and food safety and quality innovation to mitigate risk, build public trust and address consumer needs.

The Canadian Food Innovators was established in 2013 to enable Canada’s food and beverage manufacturing companies to jointly access federal innovation programs and successfully delivered the country’s first food processing research cluster