Producers and processors in the Fraser Valley may soon have access to an affordable processing facility, thanks to the efforts of a local consortium.

The Campbell Valley Food Group recently produced a business plan for a flexible, food-safe compliant facility to accommodate product development, production and storage for a variety of small BC processors.

“Completion of a small scale food processing facility to handle the needs of various producers will be a huge win for BC consumers, retail and distribution partners, and participating organizations,” says Barb Beaton of Fields and Flowers Foods, a member of the consortium. “Without the assistance and guidance provided by IAF, we would likely not have been able to complete a business plan of this scope.”

The plan provides an evaluation of local industry support, information on equipment, an environmental assessment and energy efficiency study, and a marketing plan. Currently, the group is working to secure financing for construction, researching the available equipment options and working with food processors to confirm their production needs.

Funding for this project was provided through the Agri-Food Futures Fund, Food and Beverage Processing Initiative.