The Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) welcomes the announcement of a new durum wheat and pulse milling facility being built in Regina, Saskatchewan by Alliance Grain Traders Inc. and looks forward to the opportunities it will create for the Canadian industry.
“Congratulations to Alliance Grain Traders for their decision to build this multi-purpose facility in Western Canada, strategically located at Regina’s Global Transportation Hub,” says Rex Newkirk, Director of Research and Business Development at Cigi. Dr. Newkirk was in attendance at the sod turning ceremony on October 7, 2011. “We work with millers and pasta processors around the world as well as the pulse industry and a facility like this will create new value-added opportunities for Canada’s high quality pulses and durum wheat.”
Cigi provides technical support and training in the use of Canadian field crops to the domestic and international industry. Over 700 processors, millers, buyers, and producers from Canada, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the U.S. have participated in Cigi programs focused on durum wheat and pasta processing over the past 39 years. A multi-year project with partners in the pulse industry focusing on pulse flour milling and flour utilization is also underway. Within its pilot processing facilities Cigi has developed new end-product applications using pulses and durum including bread, noodles, pasta and extruded snacks.
“We are here to work with industry members to create opportunities for Canada’s field crops and we wish Alliance Grain much success as they break new ground in Saskatchewan,” says Dr. Newkirk. “The Government of Canada’s support of agricultural research, innovation and infrastructure continues to make Canada a great place to do business.”
Cigi is a non-profit market development organization with a vision to be the recognized leader specializing in offering continuous advances in Canadian field crop products to the world. Core funding is provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Canadian Wheat Board. Additional funds and support are provided by other sectors of the agriculture industry.
For more information contact:
Dr. Rex Newkirk
Director, Research and Business Development
Phone: (204) 983-2031/Cell: (204)781-7596