Pierre Lemieux, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture announced last week a $5 million investment to Maple Leaf Foods to purchase and install new meat processing technology that will improve the company’s operating and production efficiencies while enhancing food safety and supporting product innovation.
Maple Leaf Foods will purchase a fully-automated process that significantly improves food safety and includes built-in features to facilitate product traceability. The system is also expected to improve the shape, texture, consistency and shelf-life of deli meat products while reducing sodium content. This strategic investment will boost the competiveness of the meat sector and create opportunities for Canadian pork producers for years to come.
Upon completion of the project, Maple Leaf Foods’s Hamilton plant will have the capacity to produce 82 million kilograms of deli products annually.
The AgriInnovation Program is a five-year, up to $698 million initiative under the Growing Forward 2 policy framework. The Program’s Enabling Commercialization and Adoption Stream provides repayable funding to agri-businesses and cooperatives to facilitate the commercial demonstration, commercialization and adoption of innovative agri-based products, technologies, processes or services.
Thursday March 20, 2014/ Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada/ Canada.