The 17.5 million dollar Agri-Food Innovation Centre officially opened in Saskatoon Thursday.
Public Safety minister Ralph Goodale says the 43 thousand square foot facility will help the Food Industry Development Centre develop and process food products from concept to commercial use.
Premier Brad Wall says the Food Centre in Saskatoon is the main source of food product development in this province.
He says Saskatchewan’s value-added food processing sector has grown significantly in the past 10 years and now includes 300 companies which export 4 billion dollars worth of goods a year and employ 5 thousand people.
Both Wall and Goodale say the value-added agriculture sector in Saskatchewan is big business and has huge potential.