Determining Equipment Required for Ontario Quinoa Processing Facility
In preparation for production, collaborators on the Pure Ontario Quinoa project have conducted an assessment of the equipment requirements for processing Ontario-grown Quinta Quinoa. Katan’s priority is to ensure purity and traceability and to maintain nutritional quality throughout the entire cleaning, processing and packaging procedure. This assessment was central in advancing optimum delivery systems and networks to reach a larger market of processing for gluten-free grains, offering the ability to process new crops in Ontario. The processing facility is projected to be energy-efficient and environmentally conscious using innovative approaches to reduce its carbon footprint, all while creating a number of jobs within the food processing industry. With the potential to yield thousands of tonnes of Quinta Quinoa annually in Ontario, the demand for a facility that can properly process and package this highly valued and in-demand Ontario-grown crop is at an all-time high.
This project is funded in part through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of GF2 in Ontario.