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Above Food Corp, a first-of-its-kind, vertically integrated, plant-based food company, has announced the opening of its state-of-the-art, gluten free ingredient development, processing and packaging facility: the Above Food Ingredient Centre.
The Centre, located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan — an epicentre of food innovation and protein production — is a new and critical component of Above Food’s seed to fork delivery model. It will serve as the heart of the company’s future product innovations and gluten free ingredient processing. It immediately elevates Above Food’s Specialty Ingredients division within the CPG industry, while further differentiating the company’s CPG brands, such as Farmer Direct Organic, Eat Up!, NorQuin, and Tiny Hero on grocery store shelves.
BRC AA-rated, the highest food safety certification possible for food manufacturing facilities, the Centre features advanced technologies for cleaning, sorting, polishing, blending, and formulating. These technologies allow for the development, processing and packaging of flours, fibres, starches, flakes and texturized ingredients to be used by customers across the food value chain, including Above’s private label and branded CPG products.
Other notable features of the new Centre include purpose built high-capacity bulk handling, of over 100-million pounds annually; and high-velocity packaging capabilities for ingredient and CPG customers.
“Our Centre is world-class, representing what we at Above Food envision as the future of food,” said Mike Marshall, president of Above Food Specialty Ingredients. “It bolsters our specialty ingredients capabilities and enables us to help customers accelerate ingredient innovation. This is a significant growth opportunity for Above Food to expand our customer reach and bring more value to all crops in regenerative agriculture rotations.”
“Above Food continues to strengthen, grow and evolve our seed to fork model in visionary ways that are industry-leading,” said Lionel Kambeitz, CEO of Above Food. “The Above Food Ingredient Centre allows us to meet the needs of our growing customer base, while remaining true to our vertically integrated platform. Our Specialty Ingredients division is immediately bolstered by the opening of the Centre, allowing us to handle products, ingredients and packaging of all sizes.”