The Canadian Food Innovation Network (CFIN) is investing $2,545,030 into eight projects, valued at over $5M through the organization’s Food Innovation Challenge and Innovation Booster Programs.
The Food Innovation Challenge funding recipients are:
- Theory Mesh (Winnipeg, MB): creating a more sustainable beef and dairy supply chain through controlled environment agriculture and digitization
- Vivid Machines (Toronto, ON): scaling fruit volumes and transparency across the fruit supply chain
The Innovation Booster funding recipients are:
- Liven Protein Corporation (Toronto, ON): animal-free collagen from upcycling of food industry side-streams
- Rapid Aid Corporation (Mississauga, ON): conducting experimental research to develop sustainable and smart packaging for canadian meal kit market
- Smallfood Inc. (Darthmouth, NS): determination of shelf-life stability of a novel protein- and dha-rich food ingredient
- Saltwinds Coffee Company (Douglas, NB): reducing carbon emissions in coffee roasting
- BioShur Inc. (Montreal, QC): scale-up of biobased, backyard compostable, and bioactive packaging
- Earthware Reusables Inc. (Calgary, AB): development of durable and uv resistant hemp reinforced polypropylene composite for vacuum forming of reusable food containers
Over the last year, CFIN has received over 230 applications from innovative companies across the country. To date, CFIN has approved $6.9M of funding to 27 projects.