The owners of a Winnipeg feed mill will receive $1.1 million to install two new infrared grain sorters, that identify and remove undesirable grain kernels, significantly increasing the value of the final product.
With the support of a $1.1-million government investment, Standard Nutrition Canada Co. will become the only company in the country using infrared grain-sorting technology. This equipment removes grains infected with fusarium head blight or ergot from crops before they are made into animal feed. This increases the overall grade and quality of grains, which allows sales into higher-value markets. It is expected to increase the value of Manitoba grains by $4 million annually.
Standard Nutrition Canada Co. will be investing an additional $1.1 million in the project. The company currently has more than 90 full-time employees and expects to hire up to eight more as a result of the new equipment.
“The sourcing of clean high-quality grain has become a major issue in our region,” said Jason McNaughton, president and general manager of Standard Nutrition Canada Co. “In many cases these grains are shipped to markets over long distances, which also decreases the margin potential for our growers. This investment by our company and governments is a key step in reclaiming the value of local crops while maintaining the integrity of the food we produce.”