The inaugural programs are connecting with food innovators across Canada and helping food sector leaders find ways to invigorate their businesses through innovation.
“As a new organization launching programs amidst both a pandemic and an election, I was excited to see CFIN’s programs capture the food sector’s attention,” notes Dana McCauley, chief experience officer at the Canadian Food Innovation Network.
“Since our programs were announced on September 28, over 350 people signed up for our video info sessions, our team has responded to over 100 unique questions and application guide requests and our community has grown to over 500 members, indicating that food businesses across Canada want to be more innovative.”
CFIN’s funding programs are supported by the Government of Canada’s Strategic Innovation Fund. The aims include strengthening the resilience and safety of Canada’s food industry supply chains, ensuring the country’s food sector continues innovating to create cutting-edge products and processes, and improving food ecosystem sustainability.
“We are proud to support innovation in the food ecosystem that have a real impact on Canadians’ everyday lives while creating well-paying jobs. CFIN is leading the way with their Food Innovation Challenge and Innovation Booster, helping businesses adopt new technologies and bringing exciting new products to the market,” says François-Philippe Champagne, minister of innovation, science and industry.
Food industry leaders and innovators collaborating on transformative innovation projects that will create new business opportunities can apply for the Food Innovation Challenge by November 15.