A B.C. plant-based nutrient shaper is receiving much than $1.4 cardinal successful national backing to summation accumulation capableness and ratio astatine its Delta facility.
On Thursday (July 7), Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau announced Big Mountain Foods 2 Ltd. would beryllium receiving the concern nether the government’s AgriInnovate Program, which “provides repayable contributions for projects that purpose to accelerate the commercialization, adoption and/or objection of innovative products, technologies, processes oregon services that summation agri-sector competitiveness and sustainability,” according to a property release.
The merchandise notes that arsenic radical astir the satellite commencement consuming much plant-based products, farmers and processors person an accidental to bring unneurotic Canadian crops and innovation to assistance the assemblage scope caller planetary markets.
“Plant-based foods are increasing successful popularity arsenic Canadians are progressively looking for options to incorporated greater assortment into their diets. Investing successful businesses similar Big Mountain Foods 2 is establishing Canada’s presumption arsenic a planetary person successful this industry, portion expanding user prime of alternate macromolecule options,” Bibeau said successful a property release.
Big Mountain Foods 2, a women-owned-and-operated institution that manufactures plant-based foods focused connected utilizing section ingredients to sustainably nutrient alternate macromolecule full foods, plans to usage the backing to summation accumulation capableness and ratio by adding custom, fully-automated robotic instrumentality to the facility.
The changes volition assistance commercialize a plant-based, soy-free tofu merchandise made from 100-per-cent Canadian grown and milled chickpeas, helping conscionable the needs of consumers with allergies to soy and/or different peculiar dietary needs.
“With the assistance of the AgriInnovate Program, we person been capable to motorboat the first-ever Fava Bean Tofu escaped of each communal allergens into the Canadian and U.S.A. market,” Big Mountain Foods 2 Ltd. president Jasmine Byrne said successful a property release.
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The institution has commissioned a installation successful Vancouver that has capableness to nutrient implicit 2 cardinal units a twelvemonth of tofu.
“The caller installation is inclusive of upcycling, with a extremity to beryllium zero-waste. The feedback connected the tofu has been precise positive, with caller listings successful Whole Foods and galore different retailers. We are arrogant to person developed a tofu merchandise that has akin taste, texture and functionality arsenic accepted soy tofu that is higher successful protein,” Byrne said.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion and Delta MP Carla Qualtrough, who toured Big Mountain Foods 2’s installation connected July 7 to coincide with the backing announcement, congratulated the institution connected the publication its making to the Delta assemblage and to the plant-based assemblage successful Canada.
“Innovative agriculture is the mode of the future,” Qualtrough said successful a property release. “Our authorities is arrogant to put successful businesses that conscionable user demands, portion keeping our industries sustainable and competitory for aboriginal generations.”
Great to conscionable the squad down Big Mountain Foods successful #DeltaBC. Our gov’t invested successful this institution due to the fact that they’re making in-demand, sustainable products that volition marque Canada much competitory successful the increasing plant-based market. https://t.co/SspVCgCRbX pic.twitter.com/qIn6vdhmh1
— Carla Qualtrough (@CQualtro) July 11, 2022
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