Food Centre Receives Halal Certification

The Halal food market has grown quickly over the past decade, and is now worth an estimated $632 billion annually on a global scale. Halal products have become mainstream in the marketplace with several multinational companies such as McDonalds and Nestlé recognizing this, and have expanded their halal approved product lines.

Halal consumption is not limited only to the Muslim population; other consumers are seeking halal foods due to its excellent reputation for healthy and safe food products, and the humane treatment of animals.

Halal food is prepared following a set of Islamic dietary laws and regulations that determine what is permissible, lawful and clean.

The Food Centre is certified by the Halal Advisory Group. If your business goals are to target the Halal market, the Food Centre can help with your processing needs. For more information, please contact Brev Chesky, Operations Manager – Food Processing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Related Industry Article:
Understanding the Canadian halal grocery shopper - Food in Canada article, posted April 9, 2015


Food Centre receives funding for new agri-food innovation centre

The Food Centre held a news conference on Friday, February 20th at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market to announce over $13 million government funding towards a new agri-food innovation centre. This new centre will support the expansion of Saskatchewan's food ingredient and processing sector. It will house new analytical labs, mini pilot plant for product and process development, new commercial kitchen, multi-tenant incubation suites, and commercial incubator for pulse and cereal processing.

The new centre will be to expand and drive innovation in the agri-food industry; support entrepreneurship; support commercialization of new technology, research and development; and provide market access and proof of concept through incubation and pilot processing.

Funding for the new centre was received from Agriculture and Agr-food Canada and Saskatchewan Agriculture through Growing Forward 2 and from Western Economic Diversification.

Links to News Releases:
Government of Canada - Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
Government of Canada - Western Economic Diversification
Government of Saskatchewan - Ministry of Agriculture


Federated Co-op supports buy local

Co-op has launched its new At Home campaign (www.athomewithcoop.ca) in Alberta and British Columbia, with upcoming introduction in Saskatchewan and Manitoba this Fall. This campaign will help consumers identify and buy local products through shelf labels. Products are scored out of 10 based on the location of product, location of ownership, and source of ingredients.

Saskatchewan Lean Improvements in Manufacturing (SLIM) program - call for applications

SLIM provides support to agri-businesses that process bio-product, food and feed from Saskatchewan crops and livestock. Projects must stimulate improvements in productivity and efficiency through the adoption of best practices, new technologies and state-of-the-art processes.

Applications for pre-approval of Lean Gap Analysis will be accepted until May 15, 2015. Applications for pre-approval of Infrastructure Projects will be accepted until May 15, 2015.

More information is available at www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/GF2-SLIM. Contact Sandra Stanger with the SK Ministry of Agriculture at (306)787-6425 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain an application form.

Effective August 4, 2014, any food product sold in the U.S. and bearing any gluten-free claims must meet FDA requirements. Previously, the requirement for use of a gluten-free label was that the ingredients were gluten free. Now food companies need to ensure that these ingredients are not cross-contaminated in the field or during transport or processing. Read More