Five year research cluster funded to strengthen Canada's food sector

Recently at the Bonduelle plant in Bedford, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, announced $4.6 million in funding over five years for a new research cluster that will leverage science and innovation to strengthen Canada's value-added food sector. Bonduelle applauds this major investment, which will fund two of its projects with the research cluster. The research cluster will be governed and headed up by Canadian Food Innovators (CFI).

“This funding will allow us to launch research projects on frozen food safety that are a source of great pride for the Bonduelle Group," said Mark McNeil, CEO of Bonduelle Americas Long Life. "Bonduelle will be joining forces with teams at Cintech Agroalimentaire, the Saint-Hyacinthe Research and Development Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and Exceldor."

Today's announcement also underscores the government's belief in creating an ecosystem that fosters collaborative efforts to find innovative solutions for the industry and consumers.

"Consumers want to know their food is safe. Our proactive efforts in this area stem from our corporate commitment to offering healthy food," Mr. McNeil concluded.

The Canadian Food Innovators food processing research cluster is sector-led and brings together university and government researchers to accelerate innovation by adopting and commercializing innovative agri-industrial products, technologies, processes, and services. 

For more information:
Valérie Lavoie
Tel: +1 514-842-2455, ext. 21/15

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