FCL invests

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) is celebrating Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan by providing $500,000 towards the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre (Food Centre) expansion project.

The estimated $7.5 million project will increase value-added processing, extrusion capacity and R&D. The project will include new equipment – including a new bottling line and pasteurization system for canning low-acid foods, which isn't known to be commercially available currently in Western Canada – as well as construction of more processing space. More locally grown food will be able to be processed at the Food Centre and then sold by local co-ops across Western Canada.

Among the first products in development for the new equipment is a line of local pickles, a collaboration between FCL and the Prairie Fresh Food Corporation.

Photo: Federated Co-operatives Limited

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