Feds help agri-processing sector

Langley MP Mark Warawa congratulated three Langley processing companies on improving their business with the combined support of more than $2 million from the federal government.

Langley MP Mark Warawa congratulated three Langley processing companies on improving their business with the combined support of more than $2 million from the federal government.

These investments helped the three companies improve their processing lines, providing farmers with more opportunities to get their products to market.

“The government of Canada is continuously working to provide farmers as well as the entire value-chain with new and innovative technologies that increase productivity and boost their bottom line,” said Warawa.

“This funding enhances the sector’s competitiveness, helps companies increase production, creates new jobs for local communities, and creates more demand for high quality Canadian agricultural products.”

The AgriProcessing Initiative has provided support to Freybe Gourmet Foods, Made-Rite Meat Products, and Sugarplum Desserts.

Freybe Gourmet Foods received a $1,900,000 repayable contribution to purchase and install new high pressure food processing equipment. Freybe Gourmet Foods specializes in the production of over 120 varieties of sausages, ham, and specialty deli meats. It employs more than 250 associates, serving customers across North America.

Made-Rite Meat Products received a $376,770 repayable contribution to purchase and install a new machine to automate the packaging of beef jerky. Made-Rite Meat Products is in the business of processing, packaging and selling beef jerky.

Sugarplum Desserts received a $94,500 repayable contribution to purchase and install a specialized ingredient mixer for various flavoured cake icings/frostings and butter-creams. Sugarplum Desserts bakes cheesecake, layered cakes, and cookies for the retail and foodservice markets.

These repayable contributions are delivered by the Agricultural Flexibility Fund through the AgriProcessing Initiative, a five-year, up to $50-million initiative designed to enhance the competitiveness of the food processing sector in Canada. For more information, visit www.agr.gc.ca/api